Why would consumers be stuck with solar fees?

April 06, 2010

I am in favor of the proposed acceleration in the use of solar power by our state's electricity providers ("Measure hastens adoption of solar," April 6). The cost figures being bandied about, both short term and long term, seem relatively inconsequential to energy customers.

What I fail to understand is the provision in this legislation to pass penalties incurred by the electricity providers for failing to meet required objectives on to their customers. Supposedly that fee would be even higher than the cost of compliance. It would seem that a penalty to a company should be borne by the company, and its stockholders, not the customers. Where are the teeth in this law, and where is the legislature's common sense?

Fred Reiner

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