Council chambers were packed for a Board of Public Utilities’ public hearing on a revised electric rate structure on Wednesday. The majority of the citizens that turned out were protesting a proposed fee on customers with home solar systems.
The home solar advocates achieved their goal: the board struck that provision before passing the ordinance in a unanimous vote.
A debate has been raging around the issue ever since a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by Leidos proposed a $10 distributed generation fee beginning in January, increasing to $12 in July.
The fee was to cover infrastructure costs, which are currently built into the commodities charge. Large home PV users’ commodity charge is often covered completely by the excess power they put back into the grid.