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New Utility Fees for Going Solar?

asked 2015-04-28 12:36:10 -0600

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I read recently that my utility is considering implementing new monthly fees for those who generate their power from solar. Is this happening in other places around the country? WHY is this happening? I got solar to save on my bill and now it's going up because I have solar!

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answered 2015-12-16 15:06:31 -0600

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Solar power provides a lot of benefits to the grid--it makes the grid more resilient, and studies have shown that rooftop solar reduces costs for all ratepayers, not just homes with solar. However, the rates that utilities charge reflect not just the cost of electricity, but also the cost of maintaining the grid and transmitting electricity to you. Some utilities are concerned that solar homeowners aren't paying their "fair share" of maintenance and transmission fees, and they want to implement monthly fees to make up for it.

The good news is, in areas where utilities have tried to implement fixed monthly charges (including Wisconsin, Iowa, and California), they haven't been approved. And even if they are eventually implemented, existing solar homeowners would likely be "grandfathered in," and charges would only be applied to people who haven't yet gone solar.

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answered 2016-04-10 16:28:11 -0600

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updated 2016-04-10 16:28:11 -0600

We are solar installers here in NJ and hope that these fees don't make if to the Garden State. If you are lucky enough to produce 100% of your power from solar you likely have a $3 monthly bill from the Utility. That is a tremendous value for the Utility to provide energy every night and every cloudy day to power your home. It pains me to say this but likely the Utility is entitled to something to help provide this service of powering up when the solar is not available. Hopefully it will be a small charge each month if it does make it this far. I like the "grandfathered" idea as well as it would be unfair to change the rules retroactively.

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answered 2016-05-07 17:22:12 -0600

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updated 2016-05-07 17:22:12 -0600

Nevada and Florida this is a fight. I see in Canada- they charge the "customer" $100 delivery fee even if nothing is used! I tend to think folks are grand fathered in when a law happens. One thing to ponder is PPL CEO executive compensation package is the most important item in the world. coughs

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answered 2016-05-17 09:21:55 -0600

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updated 2016-05-17 09:21:55 -0600

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There's a solar "war"brewing in Nevada.

Nevada's home solar business is in turmoil as the state's Public Utilities Commission starts to phase out incentives for homeowners who install rooftop solar panels. Some of the largest solar companies have stopped seeking new business in the state and laid off hundreds of workers. Read more here:

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/11/470097580/nevada-solar-power-business-struggles-to-keep-the-lights-on

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