Oklahoma may charge customers who install their own solar panels, wind turbines
Oklahoma residents trying to go green by producing energy through solar panels or small turbines may soon be forced to pay an additional monthly fee to energy companies.Um, what the bloody hell? It apparently boils down to "net metering," where excess electricity generated by these solar panels and wind turbines is sold to the electric companies to be in turn sold to other electric customers.
The new measure, which passed the state legislature and is expected to be signed into law soon by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, charges residents who install energy-saving devices on their property an additional monthly fee.
Any bets on whether the fee to the solar and wind power customers is equal to or greater than the kickback they get?
Apparently this is nice and legal, as it appears to be going through without much incident. It does seem rather ironic, though, given how much lip service is given to people "going green" and looking for alternative sources of energy. Granted, the article doesn't really provide much in the way of concrete information, so I guess it's possible that the energy companies need to do *something* to the alternate energy when it enters the grid.
Or, more likely, they're trying to use the bully pulpit of government to stop competition...
That is all.