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Arkansas customers to receive credit for solar energy

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Public Service Commission has decided customers who now get credit on their utility bills for electricity they generate at their homes and businesses will be able to continue at current rates for 20 years.

The Arkansas Business reports the commission determined last week that existing customers will be "grandfathered in" to the accounting process that gives utility customers the ability to get credit for the amount of energy they contribute to the grid.

The state Legislature has assigned the commission to revise the state's rules on net metering, which lets consumers offset up to 100 percent of their electric bills.

The commission's decision is the first of two it will make for on-site generation.

The commission will also determine potential rate changes after an examination of costs and benefits of on-site electricity generation.

Information from: Arkansas Business, http://www.arkansasbusiness.com

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