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Letter: Why charge fee for using less power?

Salt Lake Tribune

 The debate about a special fee for self-generation customers strikes me as very curious. Suppose that I purchased a typical home and then replaced light fixtures and appliances to reduce my electric usage. Would Rocky Mountain Power propose that I pay a special fee to compensate them for my reduced usage? Seems very unlikely. Why then would they expect me to pay this new fee if I install solar panels or any other self-generation technology to reduce my electric use?

Critics decry solar fee as 'sun' tax

Deseret News

 SALT LAKE CITY — Critics of a so-called "sun tax" railed against Rocky Mountain Power on Tuesday and later packed a Public Service Commission hearing to protest what they say is a punitive, unfair proposal.

As more and more households choose to plug into the sun to meet a portion of their energy needs, Rocky Mountain Power says it still needs to cover its fixed costs of delivering power, even if the usage among those customers is going down.

Commission hears debate over solar power fee

Salt Lake Tribune

For Barry Goldwater Jr., a clean energy economy is arriving in the form of efficient, low-cost photovoltaics and utilities that fail to embrace this innovation risk "getting run over by the future."

Rocky Mountain Power Under Fire For Proposed Fee on Home Solar Panels

Associated Press

Elected officials and leaders from the business and religious communities joined forces this past Wednesday to oppose Rocky Mountain Power's proposed $4.65 monthly "rooftop solar" fee.

Is a fee for solar energy users a 'sun tax' or fair play?

Salt Lake Tribune

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.