Push To Impose Extra Fees On Solar Customers Draws Outrage In Wisconsin | ThinkProgress

” A recent move by Wisconsin utility We Energies to not only raise electricity rates on all consumers but also to add an additional charge on those who produce their own energy and sell it back to the grid has sparked outrage within the state and beyond. The plan would raise the “fixed charge” on all customers’ electric bills from $9 to $16 a month, as well as reduce net metering — a policy that enables customers with solar panels or other forms of distributed generation to sell their excess electricity back to the grid — and add a new charge on these electricity-generating customers.

The result of such a policy, said Matt Neumann, owner of Wisconsin-based SunVest, would be dramatic: “It would not only end solar but remove the economic viability for any renewable energy in Wisconsin.” Neuman, whose company is the largest solar installer in the state, said the demand charge of $3.80 per kilowatt (kW) per month works out to about $220 per year for a 5 kW system, a deterrent for potential solar customers and an unfair penalty for those who have already chosen to go solar.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/14/3567244/utility-fees-end-wisconsin-solar/

WE Energies – Path to Renewable Energy Fairness
http://www.we-energies.com/renewable_energy_fairness/renewable_energy_fairness_backgrounder.htm

SunVest: http://www.sunvest.com/about/news-2/

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