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Going solar Californians? Pay the power company for the privilege
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[quote:Shiva ascendant:MV8yOTMyODk5XzUxNzcxMTYwXzc4NzVCRTFE] Government has become just another business and you are the revenue source- a captive customer. California has been on the leading edge of this trend for a number of years with legislators trading votes that lead to higher consumer costs for less service for campaign contributions and cushy 'jobs' and sweet insider deals after they leave office. Wasn't that long ago Cali utilities were offering incentives for consumers to move towards energy independence both at home and on the road, now they want to CHARGE YOU for covering your own ass? How long before they drop the pretense of providing services and become private taxation agencies? That's an extreme example I know but it's the direction they're moving and you Californians are the test case so it will behoove you to keep an eye on these asshats and make your feelings about known and/or failing that, vote with your feet like so many others of nus have. :peace: [/quote]
Southern California Edison, which supplies most of Orange County’s electricity, wants to levy a fee on future residential solar users, ostensibly to pay for maintaining the grid.
The monthly fee, condemned by the solar industry and environmentalists and likely to be controversial with solar customers, was described in a proposal Edison submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission earlier this month. It would charge customers who install solar panels on their roofs in coming years $3 per kilowatt of capacity. That means a homeowner with a 5 kilowatt roof solar system – an average size – would pay a fee of $15 per month to Edison just for having the system.
Edison also suggested paying future solar customers less for the electricity they generate, don’t use and end up selling back to the grid.
Edison says the per-kilowatt fee, or one like it, is necessary to pay for the cost of maintaining the power grid.
link to www.ocregister.com
What a sweet deal eh?
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