A group called the New England Ratepayers Association has petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to assume oversight of net metering, the process in which utilities buy excess energy from residents or businesses generating power via onsite solar and other renewable energy. If FERC approves the petition, the regulatory change would affect 41 states with net-metering laws. Clean energy advocates have accused NERA, which paid an additional $30,000 fee to fast-track its FERC petition, of representing industry rather than ratepayers, and the nonprofit watchdog Public Citizen has filed to intervene in the review process. Status: Petition filed April 14, 2020. Comment period closes on May 14, 2020.