URGENT: Defend solar in Utah TODAY

Rocky Mountain Power is determined to raise rates on rooftop solar owners to ward off competition. Every kilowatt of power you generate and sell to your neighbor is one the utility doesn’t get paid for. Rooftop solar hurts the utility’s profits. So, like utilities all across America, Rocky Mountain Power wants to slow or stop the growth of rooftop solar power. The same thing happened right next door in Nevada, where legislation to raise rates on rooftop solar suddenly killed a booming rooftop solar industry, shuttering businesses and destroying jobs. What? Check out this short, powerful video by SNL’s Cecily Strong to see what we mean:

This is why it’s CRITICAL for community members to show up to the public hearing on rooftop solar TODAY and give comments to the Public Service Commission and Governor Herbert about why rooftop solar matters to you and to Utah.

What? Rooftop Solar Public Hearing
When? TODAY, Wed. August 9, 2pm – 6:30pm*
Where? The Public Service Commission, Heber M. Wells Building, Room 403,160 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

* Arrive anytime between 2:00-6:30 pm to give your comment. As long as you are in the hearing room by 6:30 pm, you will have a chance to speak.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Make a comment at the public hearing on rooftop solar TODAY to defend rooftop solar and the jobs and businesses that support a thriving, growing industry in Utah.
  • Absolutely can’t make it in person? Then send a message to the PSC via this action alert link.
  • ALSO, call or email Governor Herbert to let him know your stance on rooftop solar.

Gov. Gary Herbert (801) 538-1000 or leave an online comment here

Additional information

  • Rocky Mountain Power has asked for a rate hike in rooftop solar not because rooftop solar customers cost them money (in fact, they actually save RMP money), but  because it, like any public company, are looking to maximize profit for its shareholders. Rooftop solar threatens some of those profits.
  • Rooftop solar avoids harmful air emissions and helps protect our air quality in Utah.
  • RMP faces competition from rooftop solar companies by ignoring the demand for truly clean energy produced right here in Utah, which RMP has chosen not to build out themselves until starting in 2028.
  • Renewable energy is now cheaper than coal in Utah, so RMP is costing ratepayers money by maintaining high commitment to coal, and coal would fail RMP’s own cost/benefit analysis that they applied toward rooftop solar.
  • Expansion of rooftop solar would save ratepayers money by eliminating the need for expensive compliance equipment at coal-burning plants.

For more information, check out this study done on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar customers in the grid (hint: there are more benefits than costs).

 

 

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