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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power takes power, blames solar users for 'warfare'

Published March 4, 2014 1:01 am

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Paul Murphy, spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Power, is a great example of the need for STEM education and ethical business regulation in Utah ("Rocky Mountain Power trying to keep prices fair," Forum, March 1).

Representing a business that sells a product with zero competition, Mr. Murphy writes that a certain portion of his customer base is robbing another. According to monthly RMP subscriber billing, there are specific charges that are the same for all customers. These charges should be the basic infrastructure fees associated with selling electricity. Outside of a meter that measures electric flow back and forth, customers that generate electricity are not using anything different nor are they creating any other wear or burden on the grid.

In fact, RMP's dirty little secret that seems to elude Mr. Murphy is that at the end of the fiscal year, all excess electricity generated by net metering customers is absorbed without cost by RMP. So who is robbing whom?

While RMP is citing class warfare among its customers, the discussion should be on the actual impact of net metering customers and why RMP feels that it can essentially steal product from some customers and then blame them for a mythical free use of the grid.

Jeffrey Marshall

Holladay

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