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PUC votes to keep new rates

Posted: 9:42 AM, Jan 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-14 18:43:08Z
Panel to decide on rooftop solar rate hike
Panel to decide on rooftop solar rate hike
Panel to decide on rooftop solar rate hike

UPDATE: Nevada regulators are denying requests to suspend controversial new rates for rooftop solar power customers.

The Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously against the request Wednesday after about six hours of testimony from rooftop solar customers and advocates who urged them to stop the increase.
 
Rooftop solar companies say they've laid off hundreds of employees and stopped selling panels in Nevada because of the hike that took effect Jan. 1.
 
Commissioners said they were sympathized with the laid-off workers. But they also suggested solar companies were partly to blame for selling panels to thousands in recent months while apparently not warning people they could see big changes in their bill in the new year.
 
The rates aim to correct a cost-shift that has traditional energy customers subsidizing about 17,000 solar customers.
 
SolarCity says it has filed an appeal of the rate hike with the state, and expects that appeal to be heard by the PUC in mid-February.
 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Nevada regulators are set to vote on whether to suspend controversial new rates for rooftop solar power customers.
   
The Public Utilities Commission will consider requests Wednesday from solar company groups and the state consumer advocate to put a stay on the rate hike that took effect Jan. 1.

 

Actor Mark Ruffalo speaking at today's PUC meeting about the importance of solar energy & the difference between what's being done in Nevada compared to New York.

Posted by Yasmeen Hassan on  Wednesday, January 13, 2016

   
Commissioners released a draft order indicating they oppose the requests and don't think the rate hike will cause the harm that solar companies say it will.
   
The commission unanimously approved a rate hike for customers with rooftop solar panels in December. Proponents say it corrects a cost-shift that has traditional energy customers subsidizing about 17,000 solar customers.
   
Rooftop solar companies say they've laid off hundreds of employees and stopped selling panels in Nevada because of the hike.
 

 

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