In recent years, Colorado has positioned itself as a clean energy leader and innovation powerhouse. Last August, after nearly two years of discussions, Governor Hickenlooper's appointed PUC decided to maintain the state's solar net metering policy. Net metering enables the right to self generation and fair credit for power sent to neighbors, and is fundamental to successful solar markets in 42 states across the country.
Solar supporters worry that Xcel is now looking for "a second bite at the apple'' to eliminate rooftop solar competition. When a major utility in Nevada increased charges on solar customers, half a dozen local and national solar companies left the state. In fact, many employees came to Colorado to work in solar after operations were shuttered in Nevada. Coloradans want to prevent a similar outcome here.
"We believe public policies should encourage more distributed solar energy in order to provide customer choice, reduced air pollution and a more resilient electric grid,'' said Rebecca Cantwell, executive director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. "We hope the PUC will decide Xcel's proposals are moving us away from those goals and instead support innovative rate policies.''
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SOURCE The Alliance for Solar Choice