Net metering worries

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  • weakstuffout West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    @Redshirt--net metered customers already DO pay to use the grid. It is called an interconnection fee of around $6. This is paid irregardless of whether I generate more electricity for a given month than I use. Additionally, the original article references the RMP executive of saying they purchase electricity back from these customers at retail rates. What he FAILED to mention is that anything over produced by a Net-Metered customer is given back to RMP. RMP doesn't give money back to these customers so it is only NET up to the amount used by the consumer. Month to month, if a customer generates more than they consume, it is carried forward. However, every year the slate is wiped clean and RMP gets any additional energy produced by the customer.

    Still feel like net metered customers should be paying on top of the connection fee?

  • David Folland SANDY, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    Thank you Joe Andrade for putting the RMP request to charge for net metering in proper perspective. If RMP pays customers who sell their excess electricity the retail rate, as citizens we are still getting a good deal. None of us pay at the meter for the "externalities" of the cost of coal-produced power. We all pay indirectly for the health costs of air pollution, and the damages from extreme weather caused by climate change. If these costs were figured into the rate, the cost to the consumer per Kw would be much more. Solar power doesn't have these externalities, so reimbursing the retail cost is actually less than it is worth. RMP should be encouraging clean solar energy, not pricing it to discourage it's use.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    To "Joseph Andrade" why shouldn't RMP charge more for the net metering program? RMP currently has a program called "Utah Solar Incentive Program" where they subsidize some of the cost of the solar equipment. In addition to the solar equipment, the power you generate at your home has to pass through the RMP owned equipment. If RMP is buying the power you generate for the same price that they sell it, what is wrong with them asking for you to contribute to the cost of maintaining the electric grid?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    Agreed - great letter.
    I especially liked this part of it:

    "If management cannot understand this new reality, perhaps Rocky Mountain's CEO should bring in some fresh talent."