Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) have introduced the National Evaluation of Techniques for Making Energy Technologies More Effective and Resilient (NET METER) Act to create a national study on net metering to guide states interested in developing effective net metering programs.
Net metering allows consumers and businesses who generate some or all of their own electricity, particularly through wind and solar energy technology, to be compensated for the excess energy that they provide to the electric grid and other customers.
“Net metering provides crucial incentives for homeowners, businesses, and public agencies to increase their use of renewable energy," Congressman Lowenthal said. "I’m pleased to work with Congressman Cárdenas and Senator Hassan on this common-sense legislation to evaluate how utilities can best incentivize renewable energy infrastructure.”
The NET METER Act, authored by Congressman Cárdenas, is a companion bill to efforts in the Senate led by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
“Los Angeles has been a pioneer in promoting clean energy and importantly, making it accessible to consumers," Congressman Cárdenas said. "Since 1999, LA has offered a net metering program to Angelenos who connect their solar system to the energy grid, which provides an incentive for more families to invest in and afford green energy. I am proud to lead the NET METER Act with Congressman Lowenthal and Senator Hassan so that we can share guidance with other cities and states working to make clean energy more accessible to American families. Creating access to clean energy means less pollution and cleaner air for Americans for generations to come."