Rate setting is a formal regulatory process to establish the basis for customer electric rates. These rates include the cost for the utility to maintain and upgrade the electric system that everyone uses.
Solar customers are subject to these rates since net metering allows them to sell energy back to the utility, which requires access to the grid. In addition, most solar customers need electricity from the electric grid at times of the day when solar power alone cannot power the home.
Cities and states take different approaches and set different rates based on a variety of factors, including operating costs, location, and existing utility regulation.
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