February 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Boston, MA – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 has launched a radio-ad campaign to push the state to let people with solar panels sell the extra electricity they generate back to power companies. The state House and Senate both passed bills last year that would raise “metering caps,” the limits on how much electricity can be sold back to the grid, but a conference committee has been deliberating for more than two months without reaching a compromise on how much can be sold and how much utilities should pay for it.
“For every day the Legislature fails to raise the net metering caps, 20 jobs are lost, $3 million in private investment vanishes and $1 million in federal solar investment tax credits are wasted,” say the ads, which are running on the WBZ news station in Boston. The IBEW supports the Senate version, which would raise the cap by 2%, but says that’s not enough. “We would like to see an immediate raise of four percent,” said Lisa Podgurski, Local 103’s manager of business development, “until a larger bill and longer-term policy plan is put in place.” Read more