NET METERING BILL INTRODUCED
HB 66 Offers Incentives for
January 22, 2009
Juneau, Alaska - Five members of the Alaska State House Majority
have introduced legislation to promote renewable energy generation
in Alaska. House Bill (HB) 66 introduced by Representatives
Paul Seaton (R-Homer), Alan Austerman (R-Kodiak), Carl Gatto
(R-Palmer), Jay Ramras (R-Fairbanks) and Cathy Munoz (R-Juneau)
would provide an incentive for home and business owners to install
renewable energy generation equipment to offset their monthly
"Support has been building over the past year for a statewide
net metering policy that will encourage Alaskan homeowners to
generate energy from renewable sources," Seaton said. "When
the issue was before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska this
summer, it generated the most public comment on one issue in
the history of the agency."
HB 66 will give home or business owners the ability to generate
electricity from wind, solar, or other renewable sources use
the electricity on site and any excess generation will flow onto
the grid for other customers. The customer would receive a kilowatt
hour credit for the excess generation and this credit would roll
forward into the next month's bill for up to one year.
"This is one of the easiest steps that Alaska can take to
reduce the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels," Austerman
said. This allows our citizens to become part of the solution,
not part of the problem. I look forward to working with the local
power producers to make this happen."
"This is the first time individuals and businesses have
the opportunity to producers as well as consumers," Gatto
said. This legislation would give the public the opportunity
to lower their own electric bills and that is something they
are excited and energize about."
"Accommodating energy production for the residential and
commercial sector that goes back onto the grid is a vital part
of the 21st century energy metric," Ramras said.
"Net metering is used in many states to encourage small
scale alternative energy projects," Munoz said. The ability
to save money while helping the environment is a great motivator."
HB 66 was referred to the House Special Committee on Energy.
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