By Sarah Spicer, The Wichita Eagle
“Perhaps most significantly, the decision to rule the fees illegal and order a refund to the customers will likely discourage other states from pursuing these demand charges.”
More than a year after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that solar customers were being charged unfairly by Evergy, Kansas’ largest utility, some customers will be refunded the difference between what they paid and what they should have paid. After the [Kansas Corporation Commissioners] ordered the refund, Chair Andrew French added that he thought a value-of-solar study could help regulate solar users and determine how to charge them. Such a study is something solar advocates have pushed for in the past, saying that the benefits of solar go beyond the economics of saving money and backup energy for the grid and environmental benefits. Read more here.
VALUE OF SOLAR RESOURCES
The True Value of Solar: Measuring the Benefits of Rooftop Solar Power
Written by Emma Searson and Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Gideon Weissman, Frontier Group. Download the report.
Public policy that fails to account for the full range of benefits may deter the addition of solar power to the grid, with ramifications for the environment, public health, and the operation of the electric grid.
Study shows homeowners with PV are subsidizing their neighbors, Renewable Energy World
For years some utility companies have worried that solar panels drive up electric costs for people without panels. Joshua Pearce, Richard Witte Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technological University, has shown the opposite is true.
Value of Solar, Solar United Neighbors (SUN)
Beyond individual solar owners, solar electricity also benefits society at large, creating local jobs, generating local wealth, improving energy security, and improving public health. Solar also benefits the entire electric grid. The brilliant tangle of wires, poles, substations, and meters that we call “the grid” is made stronger, cheaper, and more efficient thanks to distributed solar energy (like rooftop solar panels). This translates to long term savings for all ratepayers.