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Sign the petition to try to save residential solar in Utah. Rocky Mountain Power's most recent proposal would echo what has happened in Nevada if it is accepted.

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Another year, another attempt by Rocky Mountain Power to raise rates on residential net meter customers with rooftop solar panels.

"Rocky Mountain Power says they pay homeowners with solar panels about 14 cents per kilowatt hour for any excess power the customers produce." This is blatantly and ridiculously false. Rocky Mountain Power pays nothing for the excess electricity. They have not paid me a dime for my excess electricity which reduces load on power plants during the morning and afternoon and into peak usage periods. They give me a credit for each kWh that I offload onto the grid. That electricity naturally flows to the nearest need, which would be within my neighborhood.

RMP wants to set the net metering rate at $0.04 per kWh for someone with rooftop solar, then sell electricity right back to that same person when the sun is down for more than double that rate, as if residents with rooftop solar are wholesale electricity brokers or should be treated at all similarly.

If this goes into effect, it will devastate the solar industry in Utah. Regardless of the profit argument (RMP says income from these changes would go "into a fund that will be going to our other customers" whatever that means), RMP is trying to completely squelch a model that appears inconvenient to their monopoly.

This has nothing to do with "fairness" to other customers. To claim that is nothing short of ludicrous. Every customer has a basic bill of about $9 to pay for grid maintenance and other internal costs. Is it fair that I, who live very close to a substation, have to pay for rural power lines that span miles and miles just to get to a few customers, experience much great line loss, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars? Is it fair that those who are "wattsmart" don't have to pay as much toward grid costs that are allegedly built into the kWh price? This is just how utilities work. You can pinpoint any number of subsets of customers and charge them greater rates because their business costs more money for the utility. But utilities don't do this, except in situations like this where they feel threatened.

I have been considering moving to a new house in the next couple of years, and if this proposal goes through as described, I will not be getting a net-metered solar system. The finances just won't make any sense. Maybe battery technology will be far enough along by then that I can go off-grid and bid RMP good riddance.

On a somewhat unrelated note, Rocky Mountain Power is looking into sourcing funding for huge developments to EV charging infrastructure and incentives for installation of such infrastructure. Some of this funding may come from federal grants, but it appears that some of these costs will be paid for directly by regular customers... This sounds an awful lot to me like "unfair" subsidization to benefit a small subset of customers. (See link 1 https://www.rockymountainpower.net/about/nr/nr2016/electric-vehicles.html and link 2 https://www.rockymountainpower.net/env/utah-sustainable-energy-plan.html)

(Disclaimer, I have both solar panels and an electric car. I like the idea of developing better charging infrastructure, which is sorely needed, but I don't like RMP's two-faced attitude, blatantly false claims, and PR stunts regarding solar energy production.)

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This is really, really cool. It's going to be all about pricing, but apparently the goal is to make these solar roofs cheaper than a traditional roof.

What an exciting announcement!

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This is a terrible development. As a former resident of Provo, I am ashamed of this hasty, one-sided decision. The city council did not consider the benefits of solar, but they did admit that public service expenses like police and fire are somehow bundled in the kWh price of electricity, which is insane and probably illegal (or should be) in the first place.
Provo residents with rooftop solar arrays are taking a free ride on city services, say council members who approved a monthly solar surcharge this week.

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Normally, I really like this show but I just can't get behind this episode. Show me the math!

As far as I can tell, math just doesn't work on the Tesla Powerwall, at least in regions that have net metering or sellback systems for solar panels. The Powerwall saves you zero compared to just selling your electricity to the grid for cash or credits. It's an extra $5,000 for... What benefit? The only possible benefit is if your utility pays you to reduce peak demand with your battery, and even then, it may take decades (longer than the Powerwall life) to pay back. Payback is in the solar panels, not the battery.

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Very interesting video. Not necessarily new material, but a great reminder of what's possible.

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This is great, the more competition in the battery storage industry the better. Tesla's Powerwall is too expensive for most residential applications. Looks like there may be EV uses too, but that seems like a bit of a moonshot idea right now.
These modular energy storage devices offer alternatives to Tesla’s Powerwall. One of them could also work as a range extender for electric vehicles.  

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Utah may find itself with a similar lawsuit if Rocky Mountain Power gets their way.
Class action lawsuit opened against NV ENERGY in regards to the recent Net Metering changes. Fingers crossed! 

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This seems perfectly parallel to what is going on in Utah. It's "complicated math". Right. So is the math calculating all the benefits of residential solar.

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This type of thing will happen in Utah if the Public Service Commission allows Rocky Mountain Power to add the large solar fee that they have been fighting for for the past 2 years. That would be a severe and unfair blow to the transition to clean energy in Utah.
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