Today we focus on one topic that has a lot of spokes. And it’s this: refuting the claim that when people go solar, everyone else’s bills increase. We’ll take three of the age-old arguments about how residential solar increases rates for non-solar customers and explain why those arguments do not hold water.
Black Hills Energy has proposed rates that would increase fixed charges for all residential customers and put net metered solar customers in a separate rate class that would have to pay even more. COSEIA filed testimony opposing the proposed rates, which increase fixed charges by 54 percent for net metered customers, claiming they are discriminatory and seek to undermine solar generation in Colorado.
However, the Office of Consumer Counsel, which receives tax dollars to represent ratepayer [...]
Increased fixed costs with lower energy prices will make renewable energy and conservation investments less attractive
Denver, CO, June 2, 2016 – Members of the public will have a chance to be heard June 9 and 16 at hearings on new rates that will affect everyone who pays an electric bill to Xcel Energy. The utility’s proposal would send price signals that discourage energy conservation and rooftop solar energy.
Xcel Energy has mounted a massive PR campaign to convince Coloradans t [...]