Oklahoma To Charge Homeowners Who Ins...

Oklahoma To Charge Homeowners Who Install Solar Panels

There are 4 comments on the Outside the Beltway story from Apr 20, 2014, titled Oklahoma To Charge Homeowners Who Install Solar Panels. In it, Outside the Beltway reports that:

If you live in Oklahoma and you put solar panels on your house, you're going to have to pay a surcharge to your electric company thanks to a new law signed by Governor Mary Fallin last week: Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result ... (more)

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Skit

Enid, OK

#1 Apr 21, 2014
This is absolutely the most insane law I've seen actually lately. As a matter of fact, it should be a crime to charge people for something they can capture for FREE, the sun doesn't belong to any government or agency and I hope to high he!! people protest this law and it's challenged based on the audacity that a power company would have the right to charge people for NOT using their electricity. It's just ONE MORE act Mary Fallin has done to the people of Oklahoma that has resulted in more people determined to see her exit politics. She's really done one of the dumbest things imaginable by signing this bill.. it's sickening.
Solarman

La Quinta, CA

#2 Apr 21, 2014
"“Representatives of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said the surcharge is needed to recover some of the infrastructure costs to send excess electricity safely from distributed generation back to the grid,” the Oklahoman reported."

This is an out and out lie. Before a homeowner or business owner can put solar PV on their roofs, specific requirements on equipment and the practices to install that equipment is the responsibility of the one who would buy a distributed power generation system. The maintenance is also on the owner. What the utility DOESN'T have to do is start up a peaker plant when there are peak generation sources on homes and businesses. The utility doesn't have to build more power generation plants, buy property, go to court to defend the project, file EIRs or get rights of way for their power corridor. But do they pass along these "avoided" costs to the ratepayers who don't have solar PV? Yeah, right.
well

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Apr 21, 2014
They charge the fee if you tie your home system to the grid. Just don't grid tie, no fee. If you are producing in excess of what you need hen your system is too large in the first place. Don't give these crooks the chance to steal your money. Just build your system to your specific needs.

Since: Jul 11

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#4 Jan 16, 2015
Skit wrote:
This is absolutely the most insane law I've seen actually lately. As a matter of fact, it should be a crime to charge people for something they can capture for FREE, the sun doesn't belong to any government or agency and I hope to high he!! people protest this law and it's challenged based on the audacity that a power company would have the right to charge people for NOT using their electricity. It's just ONE MORE act Mary Fallin has done to the people of Oklahoma that has resulted in more people determined to see her exit politics. She's really done one of the dumbest things imaginable by signing this bill.. it's sickening.
Spot on

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