Bill Greene, Harvey Reiter Write Article on Reforming Net Metering of Solar Energy
Stinson Leonard Street attorneys Harvey Reiter and Bill Greene published an article in the most recent edition of the Energy Law Journal.
More than forty states have adopted "net metering" policies. Net metering allows homeowners with rooftop solar installations to offset their electric bills with credits they receive for selling solar power in excess of their own needs back to the utility. In the last several years, many state legislatures and public utility commissions have commenced proceedings to consider whether those "net metering" policies are fair, or whether they overcompensate rooftop solar owners, forcing customers without rooftop solar panels to subsidize those who have them. The article makes the case that net metering reform is needed and that net metering debates should be settled by legislatures and regulators, not under the antitrust laws.
Harvey is a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office. He represents clients in the natural gas, electric utility and communications industries, primarily before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Federal Communications Commission and the federal appellate courts. Prior to entering private practice, Reiter was a staff attorney and then later Special Assistant to the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation with FERC.
Bill is a partner in the firm's Minneapolis office. He represents companies in a number of national antitrust class action cases and has experience in class action cases involving financial services companies, and has represented clients in commercial litigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars in alleged damages. Bill also counsels clients on antitrust compliance matters and has represented clients in federal and state antitrust investigations.
Read the full article: "The case for Reforming Net Metering Compensation: Why Regulators and Courts Should Reject the Public Policy and Antitrust Arguments for Preserving the Status Quo."