UTILITY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/UTILITY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp">Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T14:43:23.754-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 02:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Solar power generated on the roofs of utility customers doesn’t do much to reduce the need to produce electricity at centralized generating stations or ease pressure on Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) electrical grid, according to testimony Monday before the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). Experts for the major Utah utility made these claims to support its proposal to impose a $4.65 monthly “facilities charge” on net metered customers, the small but quickly growing number who generate their ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58233423@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:43:23 MDT Is a fee for solar energy users a ‘sun tax’ or fair play? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211096-78/solar-power-energy-net.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211096-78/solar-power-energy-net.html.csp">Is a fee for solar energy users a ‘sun tax’ or fair play?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:20:48.295-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Angled to the southeast, Stan Holmes’ home above the state Capitol has a great view of City Creek Canyon but a less optimal position for solar panels — they generate most of their electricity in the morning, not during afternoon surges in demand. But his new is 3.78-kilowatt system still produces more power than his family can use much of the year, and sends the surplus into the grid to power the neighbors’ lights, kitchens and air conditioners. The photovoltaic array greatly reduces their util...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58211096@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:20:48 MDT Faith, business groups blast proposed fee on solar-equipped homes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215880-78/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215880-78/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp">Faith, business groups blast proposed fee on solar-equipped homes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-24T14:17:26.901-06:00">Updated Jul 24, 2014 02:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A growing chorus from across the sociopolitical spectrum is denouncing Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to impose a monthly $4.65 fee on its net-metered customers — those who generate their own power from solar rooftop arrays and pipe what they don’t use into the grid. The state’s largest utility says the “facilities charge” is warranted to ensure its solar-equipped customers are covering their share of the fixed costs of the transmission and distribution system. Critics, who gathered at an east ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215880@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:17:26 MDT