When a monopoly tells you to pay your fair share, it makes you wonder who ultimately determines whats fair? In the case of regulated monopolies, like public utility companies, that responsibility lies with our states Public Service Commission, and this agency has a big job ahead of it with regard to solar energy and net metering.
Currently, our household pays $5.50 per month to SWEPCO for net metering (the privilege to put power on the electrical grid during the day and take it off the grid at night). There is no net electricity consumption, because its all made by 55 rooftop solar panels on our home. All we pay SWEPCO for is the net metering service.
Maybe, $5.50 per month is not enough. In that case, then, the utility companies and the PSC should work together to set a price a fair price for the net metering service and then step out of the way of solar energy. If the price for net metering is set fairly, then people with solar panels will continue to use the electrical grid; if its not fair, then people will leave the grid its as simple as that.
Why do the electric utility companies have to whine about this? Ultimately these companies should be no different than any other businesses. They should acknowledge the other options that consumers have, and then they should compete with those options. They should not be coddled, and they should not be allowed to bully consumers or solar panel installers.
In Louisiana, solar power can easily produce 100 percent of the energy that you need to power your home or small business, including AC and heat, and the price of a 100 kWh battery power storage system will be about one-third of its current price in about five years. Imagine never having a power blackout again, for the rest of your life ... just something to keep in mind.
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