In a little noticed Department of Public Service review of the state’s current net-metering structure, the DPS recommends to the Public Utility Commission that the net-metering rate be reduced from the current 17-cents per kWh to 9.2 cents per kWh — cutting the rate almost in half, and effectively knocking the legs out from under Vermont’s vibrant solar power industry.
It’s shocking, and dumbfounding.
At this particular time in the world’s struggle to combat climate change and reduce the global carbon footprint, why would Vermont’s DPS make such a suggestion?
Here are two suppositions:
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