2018-09-06 / Letters to the Editor

Push for solar power just will hike electricity costs

To the editor:

Rhode Island has the fifth-highest electric rate in the country with 19 cents per kilowatt-hour. This makes it a fertile ground and a good reason to solarize.

So why are electric rates so high? You can thank your legislators for that. The solar and green energy lobbies persuaded them, under the unproven guise of reducing greenhouse gases, to force National Grid to purchase electricity much above the wholesale prices of 4 to 8 cents/kWh. Net metering laws mandate the purchase from solar participants at retail prices. This makes rate increase very attractive for existing and future solar participants. Currently, 10 percent of electricity must come from renewable resources. That will increase 1.5 percent per year through 2035.

Rhode Island’s Renewables Portfolio Standard ensures you get credit for your surplus energy production — up to 125 percent of your monthly consumption. The revenue loss to National Grid due to net-metering must be made up by increasing the rate for everyone. Customers that install solar systems fare better than customers that do not because they are able to reduce their purchased electricity substantially, thereby transferring costs to non-program participants.

If we all solarize, will fossil fuel-based loading power plants be eliminated? Only if the sun shines 24/7. Thus, the signs on town property aided and abetted the future increase in rates for non-participants and profited Sabetti Construction Co., d.b.a. Newport Solar.

Frank Meyer
Southwest Avenue

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