RCA approves net metering for Alaska 

From Rena Delbridge at Alaska Dispatch: Chuck Lee looks around his Lazy Mountain property and sees potential to lighten the footprint his family leaves on the land. There’s a small stream well-suited to micro-scale hydroelectric power generation, especially in spring, when it threatens to overflow the banks. A broad roof is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the sun’s stunning power. And a field close by would be an ideal site for a small wind turbine, where blades could catch the steady winter breeze flowing out of the Matanuska Valley. Lee has dreamed of such things, but has been somewhat hamstrung without a state policy allowing him to sell extra electricity into the utility grid. That could change, though, following the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s adoption of a net metering policy on Wednesday. Read more

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