Moderated by Rick Badie
Two bills proposed during the 2014 legislative session aim to flip the switch “on” for solar energy, virtually an untapped resource in Georgia. Today’s guest writers discuss the expansion of renewable energy statewide and the impact on consumer rates and pricing.
Non-solar customers will pay twice
By Joel Foster
Georgia residents could see their energy rates go up as a result of a bill that will likely be revived in some form in the next legislative session: House Bill 657, the Rural Georgia Economic Recovery and Solar Resource Act.
HB 657 would create an arrangement that forces utility customers without solar panels on their property to subsidize those with them — a system referred to as “net metering.” While proponents of the bill presents it as “free market,” the effect it would have are anything but.
Net metering policies give solar energy customers a credit at the full retail electric rate for excess electricity they