Posted Jun. 8, 2017 at 6:18 a.m.

Premium Lock Solar changes bill breeze through NC House

Published: 2017-06-08 06:18:13
Updated: 2017-06-08 06:18:13

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A proposal to rewrite the state's renewable energy laws breezed through the House Wednesday with strong support and little debate - an unusual development in a chamber more often known for attempts to limit the solar industry....

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The Public staff cannot comment on legislation and does not comment on legislation - the public staff only makes sure that Duke and other public utilities are prudent in their costs when the utilities come to the commission for reimbursement. To think Chris Ayres wouold engage at this level is disingenuous. A small part of the bill will lead to competitive bidding, but only after another $2 billion of overcharges will be grandfathered by section 1.c of the bill.
To clarify - The NC Utilities Commission's Public Staff was part of this process.

The bill actually helps move solar to a competitive market, which will save customers and Duke Energy $$$.
Unfortunately, the so-called stakeholders did not include a representative of the residential rate payer. CUCA was there for the industrial sources, the solar lobbyists were there, Duke was there - but no residential rate-payers. Consequently, we got the shaft. This bill extends the inflated avoided cost value that Duke and Dominion testified in front of the Utilities Commission will already over charge rate payers about $1.4 billion over the lifetime of the contracts. Also, it is clear that the large penetration of solar into our system is causing our coal and gas units to pollute more than they would without such a large solar penetration. We need to stop solar where it is (we are already the laughing stock of the rest of the nation since we are supporting the solar lobby single-handedly) until storage catches up - or until sanity catches up. Remember that Duke just came in for a 17% rate hike for the solar already and more rate hikes coming for coal ash.
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