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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power already charges for net metering
First Published Feb 05 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 05 2014 12:07 pm

Regarding your editorial, "Power struggle," Feb. 1, I would like to clear up a misconception. You state, "Rocky Mountain Power is requesting a rate increase, and included in that request is a $4.25 flat monthly charge for ‘net metering’ customers who contribute power back to the grid."

As a net-metering customer, I already pay $8.07 a month, which is an 82 percent increase from when I first installed my solar panels in 2010. The additional requested charge is another 53 percent increase, not simply a new charge.

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You state that "the law requires the utility to buy that excess power from its net metering customers" is also not correct. Rocky Mountain Power gives us a credit for the excess power that we generate, but then we have until the March billing period to use that credit or they steal the excess power. They never pay us for the power that we generate.

As you state in the editorial, we are "essentially helping power their neighbors." The state of Utah should be doing all that it can to encourage its citizens to install solar panels and other means of generating clean, sustainable energy.

David Bennett

Park City

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