23 Feb '15, 9pm

West Virginia Legislation Poses Serious Threat to Rooftop Solar

West Virginia Legislation Poses Serious Threat to Rooftop Solar

Is it politics at play? Or is it simply a case of sloppy drafting? Whichever the case, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has a tough choice to make in the next few days. Legislation now on his desk, HB 2201, could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia’s net-metering policies. Regardless of the motives of the bill’s authors, pure or clandestine, we strongly urge Gov. Tomblin to do the right thing – veto the bill and start over. Here’s the heart of the problem, the legislation unnecessarily duplicates the existing authority of the West Virginia Public Service Commission to carry forward its net metering policy. This “muddies the waters” in respect to the Commission’s exercise of discretion to ensure that all customers will pay just and reasonable rates. Simply put, SEIA doesn’t object to investigating the costs and benefits of net e...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/02...

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