Currently, net metering customers are reimbursed per kilowatt-hour if they generate as much power as they need and get a zero consumption bill from GPA.
Guam – GPA’s net metering program is about to reach 1,000 customers. Meanwhile GPA general manager John Benavente is expressing concerns that net metering customers may be costing ratepayers money.
According to Benavente, the PUC has asked GPA to work towards filing a petition about the program. Benavente says that net metering was a great program when renewables were just starting out but he says it needs to adapt with the technological advancements within the renewable energy industry. Benavente says that GPA does not want to discourage people from investing in renewables. Rather he says he wants to bring the net metering program into alignment with similar programs in different states. Net metering is a program in which customers engage in some sort of renewable energy on their properties, such as solar power or other energy saving technology. Currently, net metering customers are reimbursed per kilowatt-hour if they generate as much power as they need and get a zero consumption bill from GPA.
“Of course renewables is evolving as could be seen even in other areas, look at Hawaii, in the states, Arizona, all different areas. In the early stages of renewables, net metering was very popular and encouraged. There are now more entities that are trying to put more parity in the costing of all of this,” said Benavente.
Benavente said GPA will have a presentation on net metering ready by April of this year.