Utilities in Iowa Orchestrate Strategy Against Rooftop Solar

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Karen Uhlenhuth for Midwest Energy NewsOver the past several weeks, both utilities made presentations to the Alliant and MidAmerican outlining potential rate changes that would impose a demand fee on customers who generate some of their own power.The demand charge, which is based on a customer’s peak demand for power, is common for industrial and commercial customers, and recently some utilities have begun exploring similar charges for residential customers.“We’re concerned that Alliant and MidAmerican are trying to force the parties into a confrontation around very dramatic rate-design changes, and singling out solar customers in particular to bear the brunt of these new rates they want to charge,” said Brad Klein, an attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “We feel it is not appropriate and is not called for by any data that has been collected.”Klein and other clean-energy advocates also are concerned that the utilities may try to push through a new rate without going through a rate case, the standard process for doing so.Full article: Iowa utilities float new charges for customers with rooftop solar Utilities in Iowa Orchestrate Strategy Against Rooftop Solarlast_img

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