Net metering concerns aired

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There will be no power rate hike for now after the Public Utilities Commission voted to retain GPA's current fuel surcharge. (PNC photo)

Guam – There were several contentious moments at the legislature during Guam Power Authority’s oversight hearing as not only was the issue of illegal pay raises at the agency scrutinized but also net metering.

Senator Clynt Ridgell, who has oversight over power and utilities, provided a recap on what went down with the proposed new rates for reimbursement of those who generate their own power through solar energy to K57’s Phil Leon Guerrero.

While GPA did their best to alleviate the concerns and explain their position to the senator, he said, “I disagree with their position. Essentially GPA wants to lower the rate at which they credit consumers for the solar power they are feeding back into the system.”

He said that the net metering program credits the consumer for the power fed back into the power grid, which was generated by solar panels. For the energy fed into the system, the ratepayer is charged a 1 to 1 ratio, the senator said what they charge for electricity, they credit solar panel owners.

For some with solar power, the credit zeroes out their power bill or significantly reduces their bill. But GPA wants to lower that credit.

In reaction, the senator said he doesn’t understand their logic in saying that there needs to be a reduction to the rate at which they buy electricity from the average customer.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.