A major rule change proposed by Commissioner Clyde Holloway would force anyone producing solar energy to sell their power to the utility companies at a fraction of its value (approximately $0.04/kWh). The utility would then sell that same energy to other customers at full retail prices ($0.08/kWh).
Under existing Louisiana law, and all across America, solar energy belongs to the person who produced it and can be used at any time to meet a customer’s own energy needs. The existing net metering rules promote lower bills, energy independence, a cleaner environment and economic growth – that’s what make Solar Energy the right choice for Louisiana.
But the rule changes Commissioner Holloway proposes will harm solar customers while enriching the utility companies. These changes are not factually justified. In fact, studies around the country have shown that having more solar on the grid is good for all customers. To date, the PSC has failed to even conduct a proper cost / benefit analysis – so why are they pursuing a power grab for utilities that is unprecedented anywhere in the United States?
Twice before, this issue has been brought for a vote. Each time, public support for solar energy has made the difference. For the third (and hopefully final) time, the issue is again scheduled for a vote next Tuesday, May 21st. Enough is enough! Call your Commissioners today – let them know you support solar energy for Louisiana and ask them to leave net metering alone.
Call your Commissioner NOW!
Cmr. Skrmetta (District 1): 504-846-6930
Cmr. Angelle (District 2): 225-342-6900
Cmr. Boissiere (District 3): 504-680-9529
Cmr. Holloway (District 4): 318-748-4715
Cmr.Campbell (District 5): 318-676-7464
Help the Alliance for Affordable Energy, the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industry, the Sierra Club and many more to spread the word. Tell your friends and family to call too! Your support can make the difference.
Utility Policy Director