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I've been a business journalist since 1985 when I received an MBA from Penn State. I covered energy, technology, and venture capital for The Philadelphia Business Journal from 1998 through 2013....

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One sticking point in battles over net metering is figuring out how to account for the fact that the time when rooftop solar panels are generating the most power usually isn't the time of the greatest load on the grid.

A settlement involving Duke Energy's solar customers in South Carolina seems to do a pretty good job of that.

For one thing, it allows Duke to charge solar customers more during peak load times and less during off-peak times.

For another, it enables solar customers who can send energy to the grid during peak load times to receive additional credit. The settlement also allows solar customers to save money during peak load times by installing a smart thermostat that Duke Energy can adjust if it needs to reduce load.

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