Denver Post: Solar Customers No Less Dependent on Grid, Should Contribute to System

September 09, 2013

As we mentioned recently, the net metering dialogue has spread to Colorado and Nevada. In Colorado, Xcel Energy is facing the same dilemma as APS:

  1. Rooftop solar customers largely avoid paying for the electricity grid they use every day.
  2. They are compensated at retail, rather than wholesale, rates for the energy they produce.

Last week, the Denver Post weighed in:

“Obviously, homeowners should be paid for surplus electricity produced during the day’s sun-baked hours (at other times, remember, they suck electricity from the grid just like everyone else). But surely they should also contribute to the utility’s transmission and distribution system, upon which they remain no less dependent than customers without solar systems.”

Read the full editorial.