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Allow residental producers of Solar power to be fairly compensated.
  • Petitioned Governor of Kansas

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of Kansas
Governor of Utah
President of the United States
Governor of North Carolina
Governor of Hawaii
Governor of Idaho
Governor of Maine
Governor of Montana
Governor of South Carolina
Governor of Alaska
Governor of Oklahoma
Governor of Illinois
Governor of California
Governor of Arkansas
Governor of Missouri
Governor of Vermont

Allow residental producers of Solar power to be fairly compensated.

    1. Elliander Eldridge
    2. Petition by

      Elliander Eldridge

      Alton, IL

In many states a utility company is not required to pay you for the excess power your solar panels generate.

The current approach is called "Net Metering" which means that if in a given month you produce more energy than you use a credit is earned which can be applied to a future bill. This is a good system in principle, but many states grant the excess power to the utilities after a period of time without allowing for compensation to the producer. This is tantamount to government sanctioned theft of service. If a Utility is going to sell the power that you generate to someone else, wouldn't you want to be fairly compensated?

In most of the states listed in this petition the power you generate in excess of your use is either "granted to utility at end of 12-month billing cycle" or "granted to utility at end of year." California is one exception where the utility is not granted the excess automatically, but in that case it is instead granted when service is terminated. In the case of California not only are customers prevented from selling their generated power, but clearly state that "Excess bill credits may not be used to offset taxes, minimum charges, or other charges which are not based on energy." implying that there is no monetary value to the power generated. Alaska has similar policies to California in that the credits do not expire and that the customer may never be compensated.

Altogether this shows a clear policy: We are not entitled to fair compensation. No matter how much energy we produce, these states actively prevent us from seeing profit as producers of renewable energy.

We the undersigned ask that this policy changes in our respective states. We ask that all provisions granting excess power to utilities without compensation be eliminated and that we be fairly compensated for the power we generate. We define fair compensation as a check dispersed annually or monthly (at residential customer's discretion) at a rate of no less than the amount that utility would otherwise pay a corporate producer of similar power.

Considering the advances being made in solar power this issue will only become more important over the coming years.

Target states: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, Alaska, California, and Utah

Petition will be to delivered to the President of the United States, and to the Governor of each above state at the time the survey is completed or when 1,000,000 signatures have been reached.

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    • Patricia Halloran NEWTOWN, CT
      • about 1 year ago

      We need affordable solar power programs in this country.

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    • Diana Allen HOOPER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      IF we have to pay for power, we should be paid when we generate and deliver power to the utilities to sell.

      (Note that I am OFF GRID!)

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    • phyllis capps BELLEVILLE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      price and health

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    • David Belcourt JACKSON, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      I'm an electrician

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    • philip lanter NAVARRE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Good for the environment, good for the consume, good for the economy. Way past time to evolve.

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