SB 214 would require that net metering customers use a single meter on their premises, that the customers use the electricity generated for all or part of their electricity requirements, and to increase the allowable size of eligible electric generating facilities from 30 kilowatts to 1000 kilowatts. An attempt by the sponsor to find substitute language did not make the bill substantially better.
This is a complex bill. It's an attempt to "repeal and replace" the existing net-metering law. It is designed to give monopoly utilities tight control over solar in KY, and ensure that they are the ones to benefit. It would effectively end net-metering as we know it and replace it with a much worse deal for consumers. That would also hurt Kentucky's independent solar installers. The utilities are claiming it's great, since part of what it does is raise the cap on net-metered systems from 30 to 1000 kilowatts. But in the process they add new charges to solar customers and the possibility that those charges could change any time there is a rate case. The bill also locks in current restrictions on 3rd party ownership, the ability to transfer net-metered credits from one account to another, and independent community solar. Those provisions are essential for solar energy to benefit low-income communities and customers.