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Letter to the editor: Bill wold kill wind and solar

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017 05:01 am
SB 309, a bill that would kill residential wind and solar production in Indiana, will soon be debated in the Indiana Senate and put up for a vote. The current system that the utilities want to overturn is called “Net Metering.” Simply put, net metering means that for every kilowatt of excess electricity produced by a customer, that customer gets credit for an equal amount of electricity from the grid the customer can use later.

The utility lobbyists would have you believe that customers who do not have wind or solar generation are subsidizing customers who do. That is not the case. Customers who produce electricity for the grid still pay full price for all the electricity they use to make up their production gap, in addition to paying all the extra fees that every utility customer is charged each month. Studies in other states have shown again and again that net metering promotes small businesses, helps utilities avoid large infrastructure investment, lowers demands for coal, oil and gas, and lowers rates for everyone. There have been no studies done in Indiana examining the cost benefits of residential electrical production, and I suspect that the utilities want this bill passed before any studies can be conducted. If you agree that Indiana should study the issue before killing residential wind and solar, please contact your Senator and tell them to vote no on SB 309.

Craig Smith

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