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From: "Luke Metzger, Environment Texas Director"
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 12:37 PM
Subject: Who owns the sun?
> Hi [HREG],
> Solar power is on the verge of hitting the big-time, close to achieving a
> scale and affordability that will allow it to replace dirty coal-fired
> power plants and significantly reduce global warming pollution.
> But a Texas agency has proposed rules that will create a serious barrier
> to solar's widespread deployment. One of the ways solar can be
> cost-effective is if a homeowner is
given credit by their utility for
> excess electricity put back on to the grid, known as "net-metering."
> On Friday, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a surprise
> proposed rule which create heavy burdens on customers wanting to install
> solar panels and provide financial rewards to the utilities, but provide
> no guarantees that customers who generate surplus electricity will ever
> get paid.
> Tell the PUC to go back to the drawing board and develop a rule that will
> help grow solar power and make sure consumers are fairly compensated:
> Luke Metzger
> Environment Texas Director
> P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this
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