Just read the news that Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility, wants to tack on another fee for generating solar power. See this little article here.
No matter what state you live in, there’s a battle going on in the solar industry between “distributed solar power” (small little solar generators like homeowners) and “utility scale solar power” in which utilities use their political and buying power to produce large scale solar and wind farms.
We like all clean power, but there are two problems with these solar and wind farms. One problem is that the U.S. needs updated heavy duty wiring to carry all of that megawatt power from the middle of nowhere to cities. That’s not really the case at your home, where the existing wires leading to your street’s electric pole can handle the relatively small amount of extra solar juice your panels throw back to the grid — which gets used by and sold to your next door neighbor.
The second problem with utility scale is it wastes a fair amount of energy transferring megapower so many miles to the city. Don’t want to get technical, but it’s wasted due to outdated electric wire technology. The longer those cables travel to the cities and burbs, the more power is wasted going from the farm to your microwave. Again, with your little home solar system, there’s some waste through your own wiring, but far less. Think about it. Your excess power is going from your roof to the electric pole and then to your neighbor and his Wii.
As I said, we love solar here at SolarPowerRocks, but we also believe that you, as a home owner, should have the option to produce your very own solar and benefit financially from it over the long term–like the utility. Every little fee they put on that solar bill, it’s just another little residential solar death of a thousand cuts. And $2 today is $10 next year, and so on. Plus, there’s no reason why just solar homeowners should pay for these utility scale improvements that every energy customer (and really the planet) benefits from.
So if you’re a Colorado resident, call or email below and tell those yahoo regulators that Xcel is going to make plenty o’ Benjamins with their big solar and wind farms and that they don’t need to be tacking on another fee to residential solar.
And if you’re riled up enough and want your very own solar power now in Colorado, we’ll be pleased as a black lab with a tennis ball to set you up with a free solar quote. Even if you’re not ready for solar and you’re a Colorado resident, please give these regulators a shout and let them know–and your friends know–that you want affordable distributed power too. (BTW, you can easily let your friends know with our nifty “share” tool at the bottom of this post. Just sayin’.) Thanks.
Public Utilities Commission
1560 Broadway, Suite 250
Denver, CO 80202
Toll free: 1-800-456-0858 (CO)
E-mail: [email protected]
Last modified: December 18, 2015