Utilities Want to Charge More for Solar

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 01: Solar photovoltaic panels generate electricity at an Exelon solar power facility on September 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The 10-megawatt facility located on the city's south side is the largest urban solar installation in the United States. The 32,292 panels can generate more than 14,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to meet the annual energy requirements of up to 1,500 homes.
National Journal
Clare Foran
Oct. 2, 2013, 11:06 a.m.

With sol­ar power be­com­ing more af­ford­able, util­it­ies are wor­ried that they stand to lose money as con­sumers switch to the tech­no­logy. Now, some com­pan­ies want to be­gin char­ging con­sumers who use sol­ar pan­els ex­tra money to off­set the po­ten­tial loss, Fuel Fix re­ports.

“We want to make sure that as we change the way our sys­tem works that all of that is good for all cus­tom­ers,” Greg Roberts, vice pres­id­ent of pri­cing and plan­ning at South­ern Co., a sub­si­di­ary of Geor­gia Power, said, re­fer­ring to the com­pany’s plan to charge cus­tom­ers who use re­new­able en­ergy ad­di­tion­al fees.

Ad­voc­ates of sol­ar power say the move is an at­tempt to bully con­sumers in­to stick­ing with tra­di­tion­al power sources. “They are try­ing to pun­ish people for buy­ing less elec­tri­city,” said Bry­an Miller, vice pres­id­ent for pub­lic policy at Sun­run, a sol­ar-power in­stall­a­tion, fin­an­cing, and leas­ing com­pany. “They are try­ing to kill sol­ar.”

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