Michigan researchers say state’s utilities ‘manipulate’ system to their advantage

Energy News Network: A study published last month by Michigan Tech researchers says utilities in the state are using their political power to put up barriers for customer-owned solar panels and other potentially cost-saving distributed generation.

Net metering is an especially contentious issue in Michigan as at least one major utility seeks to drastically lower the amount it credits solar customers for sending power back to the grid. Michigan Tech researchers say that not only do these customers provide net value to the grid, but the state also has an unnecessary cap on who can participate.

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