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The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) has filed a motion with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to sever issues related to net metering from the 2014 Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan docket to a new docket, according to The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a coalition of rooftop solar installers.

If adopted, TASC says this motion will lead to a broad and diverse stakeholder discussion about the role net metering plays in the solar marketplace.

TASC reports that the CEO's motion makes the following recommendations:

- The administrative law judge should refer to the PUC for its opinion as to whether the issue of net metering costs and benefits should be severed from the current proceeding.

- A miscellaneous docket proceeding should be initiated to address net metering.

- The PUC should establish a scope and process sufficient to address the issue of system costs and benefits associated with distributed solar generation, as applicable to the electric utility systems regulated by the PUC.

According to TASC, the CEO suggests that the miscellaneous docket should address the following concerns:

- What methodologies should be used to estimate the costs and benefits of net metered distributed generation?

- What are the effects of distributed solar generation on cost allocation and other components of rate design?

- Determine the appropriate procedure to conduct a study of costs and benefits.

- Conduct a study of solar distributed generation costs and benefits.

TASC notes that the CEO has requested a shortened response time of five days for parties to comment on this motion and asked that the PUC act upon this motion by January 31.

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