The debate over net-energy metering was hashed out in forums held this month by the American Legislative Exchange Council and ICF International. "When I generate extra electricity from my house, it's not going out into some big huge central station," said Rhone Resch of the Solar Energy Industries Association. "It's going to my neighbor's house. I should be paying, maybe, for the distance of the lines from my house to my neighbor's house ... but not paying for the entire grid infrastructure on that." David Owens of the Edison Electric Institute disputed that assertion, saying, "It's a two-way flow of electricity. ... [A]nytime that you are comingling power it is no longer a retail sale. You're using a network. ... That's part of that infrastructure that you have to pay for."
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