Rocky Mountain Power’s new proposal to hike fees for solar customers is part of a concerted effort by a monopoly electric utility to head off competition from rooftop solar power, which threatens industry profits. The proposal would be a serious step backward, potentially damaging the state’s fast growing solar industry. The good news is that there’s a better way. Rather than rush to approve RMP’s solar plan, Governor Herbert and Utah’s Public Service Commission should look to the example of neighboring Colorado. When Xcel Energy proposed a similar fee hike for solar customers, state leaders sought out input from the solar industry, environmental groups, consumer advocates, and large energy users before making its decision. This inclusive process helped broker a smart compromise that will increase Colorado’s solar use, while testing out new approaches to compensate rooftop solar based upon when it is generated. It’s an approach worth trying here.
Salt Lake City