Those of us in SCE territory can be relatively grateful we live in one of the better utility territories for Solar Net Metering, despite the recent changes. However, we need to be vigilant because this push-back from the utilities is relentless.
Dec 21, 2015: Arizona Vote Puts End to Net Metering for Solar Customershttps://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Arizona-Vote-Puts-an-End-to-Net-Metering-for-Solar-Customers
compensate distributed solar exports based on a five-year average of utility-scale solar PPA pricing.
Recent Utility-scale prices are really low, because economies of scale bring the installation price down to about $1.20/watt or even lower, which is about 1/3 the price charged for residential roof-top installations. I feel distributed solar is worth much more, closer to retail, because our power is consumed locally without using the HV grid, but utilities don't want to see it that way.
compensation for distributed solar exports using the RCP methodology would remain around 11 cents per kilowatt-hour for most customers, which is nearly on par with the current retail-rate net metering credit. However, updated assessments that include the latest utility-solar pricing could put the actual RCP credit rate significantly lower.
regulators approved keeping current distributed solar customers on their current rate plans for up to 20 years from their interconnection date.
A ruling in Louisiana Nov 2016 looks worse:http://www.katc.com/story/33764612/louisiana-public-service-commission-eliminates-cap-on-solar-net-metering
any residential or business customer will be credited for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity they put onto the grid for an equal amount of energy in return during the monthly billing period. Any credits in excess of their use during the month will roll over to the following month, but now at a lower "avoided cost" wholesale rate.
"Avoided Cost" can be really low, below wholesale, if the utility just counts the fuel saved by your generation, since wholesale also includes capital cost of both generation and transmission.