'Solar Room' helps APS monitor renewable energy sites around state
Barbara Lockwood, general manager of energy innovation for APS, shows screens that allow employees to monitor the operation of solar plants around Arizona.
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#1 Sep 29, 2013
From an article in greentechmedia.com "“APS is pro-solar,” APS Spokesperson Jim McDonald said of the public response.“Right now, people on net metering aren’t paying for the grid. Of course, people who aren’t might want to keep it that way. But everybody has to share in paying for the grid, and solar customers need to be fairly compensated for the electricity they produce.”"
He fails to credit the solar PV users for their installations that have "avoided costs" to APS. When homeowners or business owners put solar PV on their roofs, APS doesn't have to file an EIR, hold meetings or go to court to defend a project. When enough people are generating their own power, particularly during peak usage times of the day, APS doesn't have to start up peaker plants or build more peak usage power generation structures. Why aren't "avoided costs" used and the difference given back to the customers?
From this article there's:" "It's clear to us that solar is not going anywhere," Gross said. "This monitoring room is going to make us even better at tracking and improving all of Arizona's renewable resource facilities.""
APS seems a little schizophrenic, the voices do not agree on what they will do, it's O.K. to have the ratepayers pay for the personnel for the solar monitoring room, but it's not O.K. to allow the customer base to enjoy a rate decrease due to "avoided costs" by the utility. The ACC needs to make it mandatory to allow "avoided costs" to be given back to the non solar customers. Instead they use the solar PV customer as an excuse to raise rates. Where are those RICO laws when you need them?
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