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An End to Net Metering: Entergy Rings in the New Year by Crippling Solar

In recent years, Louisiana established an embarrassingly low cap on net metering—0.5% of utility peak. It was just determined by utility companies that this cap has been met based on a calculation that goes against the rules of math, science, and common sense. On November 18, 2015, this illogical calculation was supported in a 3-2 vote by the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) to end net metering as of January 1, 2016. Entergy made the announcement on November 23—net metering is over.

This means that anyone who installs a solar energy system after January 1 will not receive full reimbursement for excess power that their system produces and is sent back to Entergy. They will allow current net metered customers to continue with the same rate— unless they move. If a net metered customer sells his or her house, the rate will be transferred to the new owner locking the benefits into the house, not the person.

What you can do:

  • Work with an expert installer. An expert installer can size and install your system to maximize your investment with the new rules. For LSES-approved installers, see our Solar Pros.
  • Support LSES. Right now at LSES, we a formulating a plan. If you are not already a member of LSES, consider becoming a member. If you are already a member of LSES, consider making a donation. Subscribing to our newsletter by becoming a member is the best way to find out the latest on net metering and other solar news. As always, please email rebecca@lses.org with any questions.