A statement from the CEBC on the KCC’s ruling allowing utilities to charge an additional fee to residential solar users:
A statement from the Clean Energy Business Council on the KCC’s ruling allowing utilities to charge an additional fee to residential solar users:
Members of the Clean Energy Business Council, the Kansas legislature, and more than a thousand Kansans implored the Kansas Corporation Commission to reject a proposal by Westar Energy that would allow them to increase residential solar user’s bills by $13 - $70 per month, according to figures provided in the Westar docket.
But today the KCC ruled in favor of Westar’s proposed charges and residential customers who have installed solar since October of 2015 will be subject to this new demand charge effective today.
"The KCC got this wrong. Kansas should be open for business to solar companies, not making it harder for local business owners to work in Kansas. At this point, growth in the solar industry is happening in other states, including Missouri, and that’s likely where area solar companies will focus their attention as this ruling forces them to find markets outside of the state if they want to prosper,” said Dorothy Barnett, executive director of the Climate + Energy Project, coordinators of the Clean Energy Business Council. "This is not the way Kansas can strengthen its economy and we’re concerned that the KCC has taken away an option for ratepayers who wanted some control over managing their electricity bill with solar.”
"The KCC’s ruling was made without justification from independent studies. It hurts Kansas homeowners as it arbitrarily adds cost to residential solar projects, said CEBC member, Aron Cromwell. "We’re disappointed in this decision as it impedes a free market system and restricts energy choice in Kansas”.
The Clean Energy Business Council will continue its fight to make available free market options for solar companies.