Reflections from the Front Lines: An Homage to Doctor Seuss November 14, 2013 | By John Sterling A battle is waging in the desert southwest, The topic of which has folks somewhat stressed. Net metering’s the topic (which you probably guessed). The electric utility has predicted dire straits From cross-subsidies embedded within retail rates. The solar community stands up in alarm And declares that truly there has been no harm (with ads from both sides that at times have lacked charm). What will happen today as the positions unravel? Will there be resolution at the sound of the gavel? With statements and emotions at times vitriolic We stand by and monitor (somewhat melancholic) Wishing the proceeding became more bucolic. In closing, the purpose of this Seussian missive Is to beg that the parties become less derisive. For tomorrow’s a new day – we can only surmise That like the Phoenix of legend the sun will still rise. And all parties to which this debate has comprised May someday too begin to surmise That the battle’s not lost when we all compromise (less has been done for the Nobel Peace Prize). One observer’s reaction to a day of testimony on the net energy meeting hearing at the Arizona Corporate Commission, November 13, 2013. Share Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedIn About the Author John Sterling Senior Director, Advisory Services, SEPA John Sterling joined SEPA as Senior Director of Research and Advisory Services in March 2013. In this role, John is responsible for helping SEPA members develop strategic and operational plans for programs, products and services that will drive the integration of solar resources into utility resource portfolios and business operations. Prior to joining SEPA, John spent 11 years with Arizona Public Service. During this time, John focused on utility regulation, power procurement, demand response and smart grid program development and long-term resource planning issues. John has both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from Arizona State University.