Mar 12, 2014 5:01 PM by David Randall
DENVER (AP) - When Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest utility, raised questions about net metering, regulators found the issue so contentious they separated it from a routine review of Xcel's renewable policies.
Wednesday, Colorado's Public Utilities Commission set an April hearing to start what is likely to be a protracted process of addressing Xcel's questions, which solar proponents fear could lead to changes that could hurt the industry.
Most states have net metering policies, which help determine what homeowners get for putting solar panels on their roofs and are designed to encourage consumers to become renewable energy mini moguls. Net metering has touched off debates from Vermont to Hawaii that could have a profound effect on renewable energy policies across the country.