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Net Metering Cap Increase

Bill #: H.5045

Session: 2017-2018

Topics:

Energy Energy

Outcome

CVSC opposed this bill and it did not pass.

Legislators introduced H.5045 to protect the utilities from potential lost revenue and sabotage efforts to continue growing South Carolina’s solar industry. This bad bill was fast-tracked through subcommittee and committee in one day with no debate about its job-killing implications or the additional cost that would be passed on to energy ratepayers. The timing was also orchestrated to place it directly before the Solar Jobs Bill (see H.4421) to pressure solar supporters to seek a compromise. Solar champions didn’t give up, and Reps. Stavrinakis, Ballentine, Clary, Caskey, Williams, and J.E. Smith rose to challenge the bill in the following scored votes.

The bill ultimately passed the House, but never passed the Senate.

  • + Pro Conservation Vote
  • - Anti Conservation Vote
  • EA Excused Absence
  • NV Not Voting
  • NA Not in Office
  • A Abstained (Conflict of Interest)

H.5045 Net Metering Cap Increase (Motion to Continue)

Rep. James Smith made a motion to recommit the bill to committee which would have killed it. Rep. Forrester, a supporter of the bill, made a motion to “table” the motion to recommit. The House voted 51-50 on April 5, 2018 to table the motion to recommit, letting debate on the bill continue.

While this vote was a loss, the early vote picture allowed our clean-energy champions to work to flip votes on the floor, ultimately allowing a bipartisan coalition of clean energy champions to kill H.5045 on a continuance vote of 61-39. This continuance vote is the focus of this scored vote.

Killing this bill allowed the House to proceed to debate and discussion on H.4421, the solar jobs bill.

  • This is a procedural vote on an Anti-Conservation Bill.
  • The Pro-Conservation Vote was YES for continuing the bill
  • The bill died in the House.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
CVSC Vote
D
59
House
No
Yea
+
R
36
House
No
Nay
-
D
103
House
No
Nay
-
D
42
House
No
Yea
+
R
94
House
No
Yea
+
D
57
House
No
Nay
-
R
87
House
No
Nay
-
D
80
House
No
Yea
+
R
71
House
No
Yea
+
D
90
House
No
Yea
+
R
24
House
No
EA
EA
R
28
House
No
NA
NA
R
114
House
No
Yea
+
D
78
House
No
Yea
+
R
81
House
No
Yea
+
D
122
House
No
Nay
-
R
123
House
No
Yea
+
D
70
House
No
Yea
+
D
116
House
No
Yea
+
R
48
House
No
Yea
+
R
17
House
No
Nay
-
R
89
House
No
Yea
+
R
35
House
No
NV
NV
R
3
House
No
Yea
+
R
107
House
No
Nay
-
D
82
House
No
Yea
+
D
66
House
No
Yea
+
R
110
House
No
A
A
R
32
House
No
Yea
+
R
5
House
No
Nay
-
R
68
House
No
Nay
-
R
117
House
No
Nay
-
R
92
House
No
Nay
-
R
100
House
No
Nay
-
R
43
House
No
Yea
+
D
23
House
No
Yea
+
D
41
House
No
Yea
+
R
104
House
No
Nay
-
R
22
House
No
Yea
+
R
124
House
No
Yea
+
R
26
House
No
Yea
+
R
75
House
No
A
A
R
39
House
No
Nay
-
R
34
House
Yes
Nay
-
R
106
House
No
Nay
-
D
52
House
No
Yea
+
R
11
House
No
Nay
-
D
111
House
No
NV
NV
D
95
House
No
Yea
+
R
20
House
No
Nay
-
R
105
House
No
NV
NV
D
73
House
No
NV
NV
D
55
House
No
Nay
-
R
21
House
No
NV
NV
D
31
House
No
Yea
+
D
54
House
No
Yea
+
R
118
House
No
NV
NV
R
108
House
No
A
A
R
8
House
No
Yea
+
R
4
House
No
EA
EA
R
83
House
No
EA
EA
D
91
House
No
Yea
+
D
76
House
No
Yea
+
R
85
House
No
Yea
+
D
102
House
No
Nay
-
R
58
House
No
NV
NV
R
63
House
No
NV
NV
D
49
House
No
Yea
+
D
61
House
No
EA
EA
D
97
House
No
Yea
+
R
19
House
No
Yea
+
R
37
House
No
Nay
-
R
60
House
No
NV
NV
R
65
House
No
Nay
-
R
99
House
No
Yea
+
D
109
House
No
Yea
+
R
38
House
No
EA
EA
R
40
House
No
Nay
-
R
115
House
No
Yea
+
R
13
House
No
Nay
-
D
77
House
No
Yea
+
R
56
House
No
Nay
-
D
101
House
No
Yea
+
D
31
House
No
NA
NA
R
29
House
No
Nay
-
R
30
House
No
EA
EA
R
98
House
No
Yea
+
D
70
House
No
NA
NA
R
45
House
No
Yea
+
R
120
House
No
Yea
+
R
48
House
No
NA
NA
D
44
House
No
Yea
+
D
93
House
No
Yea
+
D
12
House
No
Yea
+
D
113
House
No
Yea
+
R
14
House
No
Nay
-
R
47
House
No
Yea
+
R
10
House
No
Nay
-
R
69
House
No
NA
NA
D
64
House
No
Yea
+
D
121
House
No
Yea
+
R
15
House
No
Nay
-
D
25
House
No
Yea
+
D
74
House
No
NV
NV
R
56
House
No
NA
NA
R
2
House
Yes
Nay
-
R
46
House
No
Yea
+
R
67
House
No
Yea
+
R
27
House
No
Nay
-
D
72
House
No
Yea
+
R
112
House
No
Nay
-
R
96
House
No
EA
EA
D
119
House
No
Yea
+
R
18
House
No
NV
NV
R
33
House
No
Nay
-
R
86
House
No
Nay
-
R
9
House
No
Nay
-
D
79
House
No
Yea
+
R
88
House
No
Nay
-
R
28
House
No
Yea
+
D
51
House
No
Yea
+
R
7
House
No
Nay
-
D
50
House
No
Yea
+
D
113
House
No
NA
NA
R
6
House
Yes
Nay
-
R
1
House
No
Nay
-
D
62
House
No
Yea
+
R
16
House
No
EA
EA
R
84
House
No
Yea
+
R
53
House
No
EA
EA
  • + Pro Conservation Vote
  • - Anti Conservation Vote
  • EA Excused Absence
  • NV Not Voting
  • NA Not in Office
  • A Abstained (Conflict of Interest)

H.5045 Net Metering Cap Increase (Table Motion to Recommit)

Rep. James Smith made a motion to recommit the bill to committee which would have killed it. Rep. Forrester, a supporter of the bill, made a motion to “table” the motion to recommit. The House voted 51-50 on April 5, 2018 to table the motion to recommit, letting debate on the bill continue. This table motion to recommit vote is the focus of this scored vote.

While this vote was a loss, the early vote picture allowed our clean-energy champions to work to flip votes on the floor, ultimately allowing a bipartisan coalition of clean energy champions to kill H.5045 through a continuance vote of 61-39.

Killing this bill allowed the House to proceed to debate and discussion on H.4421, the solar jobs bill.

  • This is a procedural vote on an Anti-Conservation Bill.
  • The Pro-Conservation Vote was NO for tabling the motion to recommit
  • The bill passed died in the House.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
CVSC Vote
D
59
House
No
Nay
+
R
36
House
No
Yea
-
D
103
House
No
Yea
-
D
42
House
No
Nay
+
R
94
House
No
Nay
+
D
57
House
No
Yea
-
R
87
House
No
Yea
-
D
80
House
No
Nay
+
R
71
House
No
Nay
+
D
90
House
No
Nay
+
R
24
House
No
EA
EA
R
28
House
No
NA
NA
R
114
House
No
Yea
-
D
78
House
No
Nay
+
R
81
House
No
Yea
-
D
122
House
No
Yea
-
R
123
House
No
Nay
+
D
70
House
No
Nay
+
D
116
House
No
Nay
+
R
48
House
No
Yea
-
R
17
House
No
Yea
-
R
89
House
No
Nay
+
R
35
House
No
NV
NV
R
3
House
No
Nay
+
R
107
House
No
Yea
-
D
82
House
No
Nay
+
D
66
House
No
Nay
+
R
110
House
No
A
A
R
32
House
No
Yea
-
R
5
House
No
Yea
-
R
68
House
No
Yea
-
R
117
House
No
Yea
-
R
92
House
No
Yea
-
R
100
House
No
Yea
-
R
43
House
No
Yea
-
D
23
House
No
Nay
+
D
41
House
No
Nay
+
R
104
House
No
Yea
-
R
22
House
No
Yea
-
R
124
House
No
Nay
+
R
26
House
No
Yea
-
R
75
House
No
A
A
R
39
House
No
Yea
-
R
34
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
106
House
No
Yea
-
D
52
House
No
Nay
+
R
11
House
No
Yea
-
D
111
House
No
NV
NV
D
95
House
No
Nay
+
R
20
House
No
Yea
-
R
105
House
No
NV
NV
D
73
House
No
NV
NV
D
55
House
No
Yea
-
R
21
House
No
Yea
-
D
31
House
No
Nay
+
D
54
House
No
Nay
+
R
118
House
No
NV
NV
R
108
House
No
A
A
R
8
House
No
Nay
+
R
4
House
No
EA
EA
R
83
House
No
EA
EA
D
91
House
No
Nay
+
D
76
House
No
Nay
+
R
85
House
No
Nay
+
D
102
House
No
Yea
-
R
58
House
No
Yea
-
R
63
House
No
NV
NV
D
49
House
No
Nay
+
D
61
House
No
EA
EA
D
97
House
No
Nay
+
R
19
House
No
Nay
+
R
37
House
No
Yea
-
R
60
House
No
NV
NV
R
65
House
No
Yea
-
R
99
House
No
Nay
+
D
109
House
No
Nay
+
R
38
House
No
EA
EA
R
40
House
No
Yea
-
R
115
House
No
Nay
+
R
13
House
No
Yea
-
D
77
House
No
Nay
+
R
56
House
No
Yea
-
D
101
House
No
Nay
+
D
31
House
No
NA
NA
R
29
House
No
Yea
-
R
30
House
No
EA
EA
R
98
House
No
Nay
+
D
70
House
No
NA
NA
R
45
House
No
Yea
-
R
120
House
No
Nay
+
R
48
House
No
NA
NA
D
44
House
No
Nay
+
D
93
House
No
Nay
+
D
12
House
No
Nay
+
D
113
House
No
Nay
+
R
14
House
No
Yea
-
R
47
House
No
Yea
-
R
10
House
No
Yea
-
R
69
House
No
NA
NA
D
64
House
No
Nay
+
D
121
House
No
Nay
+
R
15
House
No
Yea
-
D
25
House
No
Nay
+
D
74
House
No
NV
NV
R
56
House
No
NA
NA
R
2
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
46
House
No
Yea
-
R
67
House
No
Yea
-
R
27
House
No
Yea
-
D
72
House
No
Nay
+
R
112
House
No
Nay
+
R
96
House
No
EA
EA
D
119
House
No
Nay
+
R
18
House
No
NV
NV
R
33
House
No
Yea
-
R
86
House
No
Yea
-
R
9
House
No
Yea
-
D
79
House
No
Nay
+
R
88
House
No
Nay
+
R
28
House
No
Nay
+
D
51
House
No
Nay
+
R
7
House
No
Yea
-
D
50
House
No
NV
NV
D
113
House
No
NA
NA
R
6
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
1
House
No
Yea
-
D
62
House
No
Nay
+
R
16
House
No
EA
EA
R
84
House
No
Yea
-
R
53
House
No
EA
EA