U.S. Representative Jay Inslee from Washington State has introduced a
national net-metering bill (HR 2947)This bill is designed after the
Washington state bill except that the authors decided to leave out hydro
and add fuel cells and biomass. I'm bringing this up in case anyone in
this group is interested in contacting their state representative and
asking that hydro be included as a renewable energy. This bill has many
committees and votes ahead of it so let's get our input in now.
For a copy of the bill contact Inslee's office staffperson
Small hydro when done correctly needn't impact the environment in the
same ways that the large dams on the Columbia do. There is so much
potential for good, clean, renewable power out there that we need to
speak up now in defense of small, run of the river hydro.
#1 non-consumptive use
#2 dispersed generation
#3 totally renewable
#4 low environmental impact (trenching for pipe, powerhouse,
manufacturing of the turbine and pipe and components.
#5 long life expectancy compared to all other technologies
# relatively low initial cost
Please feel free to use these points along with your own thoughts when
contacting your congressman.
I've also argued strongly for renewables having the right to use the
transmission lines in net-metering without a KWH charge (which has been
bandied about and would kill net-metering). The arguments for that are
#1 dispersed generation doesn't transmit very far before it is used.
#2 Since much of the land that transmission lines cross was condemned
in the national interest, it is now in the national interest to allow
renewables free access to the grid (which has all been paid for by the
rate payers as the cost of transmission is all rate based).
#3 With international pressure on the U.S. mounting in regards to our
part in Global Warming and our failure so far to even acknowledge it
much less do something about it, we have an opportunity to encourage
renewables by giving free access to the transmission lines to
net-meterers who are producing under 100KW (as stated in the bill)
Thanks for helping! Mary at Solar Plexus