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Idaho PUC seeks to immediately suspend the state’s net metering solar program

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Advocates are raising concerns about a proposal from Idaho Power Company that would increase utility bills and uncertainty for many businesses and farmers that want to use solar energy to meet their own electricity needs. The utility’s application to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which was filed Friday, seeks to immediately suspend the state’s net metering solar program for its Commercial, Industrial, and Irrigation Customers and keep those markets closed until 2020.

Having solar PV on roof tops, car ports, commercial buildings, etc. eats up the local utilities profits by having to supply back-up spinning reserve without proper compensation, i.e., home owners solar PV cause the local utility to back down production.

 

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Matt Chester on Sep 19, 2019 2:20 pm GMT

Having solar PV on roof tops, car ports, commercial buildings, etc. eats up the local utilities profits by having to supply back-up spinning reserve without proper compensation, i.e., home owners solar PV cause the local utility to back down production.

Do you think there's a solution that can be pursued that both allows/encourages solar installations but doesn't have the drawbacks you cite?

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