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Regulators order Vt. utility to stop taking net metering applications

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Washington Electric Cooperative will no longer accept net metering applications under orders from state regulators.

Net metering is when homeowners install small-scale wind and solar projects, and feed any excess energy they create into the power grid and get paid by their local utility.

Current law caps the program at 4 percent of a utility's peak demand. Washington Electric has reached that limit, and though the co-op wanted to keep the program going above the cap, the Public Service Board said no.

Lawmakers are looking at ways to allow net metering to continue to grow, but worry about passing costs on to other ratepayers.

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