The Federal Trade Commission held a one-day public workshop on June 21, 2016 to explore competition and consumer protection issues that may arise when consumers generate their own electric power by installing home solar photovoltaic (PV) panels – a practice known as solar distributed generation (DG). The workshop, which will consist of presentations and roundtable discussions, will focus on the following topics:
- The current state of the solar power industry, and anticipated technological advancements;
- Current regulatory approaches to compensating consumers for the power they generate, with a particular focus on net metering laws and regulations;
- Competition among solar DG firms, between solar DG firms and regulated utilities, and between solar generation and other power generation technologies; and
- Consumer protection issues, including how consumers get the information necessary to decide whether to install solar PV panels.
FTC staff live-tweeted the workshop from its @FTC Twitter account and used the hashtag #FTCsolar.
Video and Transcript
The workshop webcast videos are available for viewing (under Video, below). Viewers may want to review the panelist slide presentations (under Event Speakers, below) as they watch the videos. A transcript of the workshop will be available soon.
Public Comment Period
The FTC will be accepting public comments through August 22, 2016. See below for more information. See the announcement notice [PDF] for a list of questions that the FTC would like comments on.
If you have a question about the workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.