Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“Oklahoma House Passes Solar Surcharge Bill”

As small scale solar and wind power generation technology takes off, Oklahoma utility companies “want to get ahead” of a growing tend: Individual customers generating excess power and returning it to the grid. Senate Bill 1456 would allow utilities to charge a monthly fee to small generators. OG&E and PSO say there are infrastructure costs that need to be recovered, while opponents say it’s a money grab.

“This neither unfairly advantages or disadvantages a class of customers,” said PSO spokesman Stan Whiteford. “It levels the playing field where one customer class was subsidizing another.” Solar advocates and others said the bill protects utility profits by opening up another revenue stream for them. The number of OG&E and PSO customers who have distributed generation in Oklahoma is small, but the declining costs of solar panels and a federal tax credit could make the systems more attractive.

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