TASC: OG&E Attempts to Bulldoze Executive Intent with Anti-Consumer Solar Rate Proposal

The Alliance for Solar Choice responds to OG&E's solar-killing tactics

Aug 12, 2015, 14:51 ET from The Alliance for Solar Choice

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 31, 2015, OG&E filed its distributed generation rate tariff in stark opposition to Executive intent and unprecedented in its anti-consumer construction. The three-part rate proposal for OG&E solar customers includes an increased fixed charge, a charge for energy, and a charge for demand. This billing scheme is anti-consumer and erosive to solar customers' private investment and monthly savings.

In response, Nate Waters, spokesperson for The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) said:

"Demand charges are the latest weapon in the national utility playbook to eliminate competition by rooftop solar. They are extremely confusing for consumers and drive unpredictable increases in customers' bills, effectively eliminating returns on solar adoption."

To date, the only distributed generation demand charge implemented in the country has been levied by Salt River Project (SRP), an unregulated utility in AZ. In the 6 months following SRP's announcement of its plan to implement a demand charge for new solar customers, the competitive solar industry has since ground to a halt, with applications down by roughly 97% compared to the prior 6-months.  

OG&E is requesting the same type of destructive rate structure, despite the proven effects its has on the solar industry. We can only assume that the elimination of energy choice, competition, and the Oklahoma solar industry is OG&E's desired goal.

OG&E is additionally proposing that its customers who made the choice to go solar in the last nine months would be forced onto this new rate, devaluing the investment that they've already made.

OG&E's proposal runs in stark opposition to Governor Mary Fallin's Executive Order last year supporting an all-of-the-above approach. TASC calls on policymakers to dismiss OG&E's attempt to bulldoze the Governor's wishes.

CONTACT:  Nate Waters, (720) 628-3132

About The Alliance for Solar Choice

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) leads the rooftop solar advocacy across the country. Founded by the largest rooftop companies in the nation, TASC represents the vast majority of the market.  Its members include: Demeter Power; Silevo; SolarCity; Solar Universe; Sunrun; Verengo; and ZEP Solar.

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SOURCE The Alliance for Solar Choice