The Interstate Renewable Energy Council named its 2017 Clean Energy States Honor Roll yesterday, highlighting some its favorite solar success stories at the state level.
New solar customers in the Beehive State not only lost full retail-rate net metering last week, but they will be paying Rocky Mountain Power $200 for the meter that will govern the program’s successor.
In this op-ed for pv magazine, Alan Naumann argues that the recent agreement on net metering reached between solar advocates and Rocky Mountain Power was a bad deal that only benefits the utility.
The investment group will use the bonds to refinance the land leases it holds under 57 solar projects totaling 1.2 GW in capacity.
The deal, negotiated between solar advocates and Rocky Mountain Power, will grandfather all solar customers who sign up before that date – and recover those outlays by charging ALL customers an extra fee.
Rocky Mountain Power, in reaction to an agreement with solar advocates to extend net metering, is asking to recover those costs through fees on non-solar customers.
Existing net metering customers are grandfathered into the current net metering arrangement for 18 years, while ending net metering for customers installing solar after Nov. 15. After that, a three-year transition to a program based on a value of solar methodology will commence.
A “consumer protection group” almost entirely funded by every major fossil fuel company in the country is using the “cost-shift” argument to attempt to weaken support for solar in the state.
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