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  •  People should take a look at Virginia (3+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, slothlax, patbahn

    which passed some kind of law a year or two ago that applied to exactly one house at the time it passed which had gone solar and was close to completely independent of the electric company.

    The owners of the house are now charged a maintenance fee for the electricity that they are not using! And it was no small amount either. It had the basic effect of neutralizing almost all the economic gains the family made by going solar in the first place.

    The reasoning was that the utility was still obligated to maintain poles, wires, power stations etc and it was unfair for these folks and other folks in the future not to pay their share towards maintaining the infrastructure.

    I could have seen a small charge, but I was blown away by the amount they ended up being charged.

    I may have some of the details wrong, but that is the gist of the situation as I recall. When I read the story it was obvious to me that the idea was to put the kibosh on anyone who thought they were going to escape the tentacles of the electric company by going solar.

    But like anything, if we were to have thoughtful responsible ecologically principled people in our statehouses, a bad policy can be reversed down the road.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 01:23:47 PM PST

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