Idaho Power proposal clouds solar home investments

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  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Jan. 5, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    Maybe they can try this going forward but all who are currently hooked up and have a working agreement should keep what they have.
    FEDERAL regs will come if Idaho Power pushes this one and it won't be in their favor.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 5, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    Power and gas companies are protected "monopolies". They have little competition because the government grants them the right to dominate their area. IF people receive government "credits" for installing any energy source that reduces our reliance on foreign energy suppliers, then those protected "mononpolies" MUST be required to buy the excess energy produced by those people at a rate that is at least as high as they pay any other supplier of that energy.

    We are not a socialist nation, yet we allow some companies special options and special benefits with a substantial cost to the consumer. Unless all forms of enery are deregulated and all companies which provide energy are allowed full access to their customers, then the only fair thing to do is to require that those companies protected by the government from competition MUST buy excess energy from ANY source at prevailiing rates.

  • phalls South Weber, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Competition for big money will not be tolerated!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 5, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    Why should Idaho Power be forced to buy electricity or anything else they don't want or need? If these people want to sell their electricity, sell it to someone who wants it! Want to run your own electrical company go for it but you can not force people to buy what you produce! Right out of the Democrat party's playbook; force people do buy things they don't want or need, including birth control pills and abortions for other people! After all, we are all to stupid to be free to buy what we want, cause big government knows what's best for its hapless subjects!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    Yup. The GOP rules Idaho. And this is right in keeping with GOP environmental policy.

  • skitarghee Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    Monopolies never last forever. In 1970 no one would have seen the demise of AT&T in land-lines and long-distance calling. Xerox, Kodak, IBM and Microsoft were all so dominant in their markets that hardly anyone could see competition eating away at their profits. Even the US Post Office with a government enforced monopoly of 1st class mail delivery has become a has been.... only delivering registered mail, flyers and expensive wedding invitations. Email and paperless billing, private overnight delivery and the fax machine/scanner have undermined its control in the marketplace. It might take another generation but power monopolies will or should be split up into separate distribution and production entities to keep them competitive with more efficient delivery systems.