Citizens Are Protecting Rooftop Solar
Kentucky's electric utility monopolies are trying to kill competition from customer- owned solar power. Thanks to citizen intervention, they're having limited success!
Why are Kentucky's electric utility monopolies spending millions to kill net-metering*, when state law requires them to net-meter customers' solar power only up to 1% of their total customers' power use?
As the cost has dropped, more and more customers are investing in solar power. The utilities are feeling threatened, but its our climate we must protect.
The first rate case since the utility-written revisions to net-metering law were adopted by the legislature was filed by Kentucky Power, Inc., a subsidiary of investor-owned American Electric Power, Inc. However, most of the Ky. Public Service Commission's rulings were victories for customers! Read this summary, by Josh Bills of the Mountain Association, one of the formal "interveners" who helped to bring about these victories, along with LCAN members Ky. Resources Council, Ky. Solar Energy Society and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
LCAN expects the Public Service Commission (PSC) to rule similarly on the like cases filed by Louisville Gas & Electric and its sister utility, Kentucky Utilities. (Perhaps seeing the handwriting on the wall, the cooperative-owned utilities recently announced, they're not interested in filing such cases.)
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* "Net-metering with parity" refers to the current requirement that electric utilities give customers credit on a 1-to-1 basis for their excess, daytime solar power, to offset the customers' night-time power use. Studies say it's a good deal for utilities, who sell afternoon power for much more than they sell power at night. Each Kentucky utility must comply only until their customers generate 1% of their system's power demand; though none has come close, they want to nip "energy freedom" in the bud.