Last year was the warmest year on record. Nine of the ten warmest years ever recorded have occurred since 2000. Scientists from around the world warn that greenhouse emissions need to fall by 40-70% within 35 years and to zero within 85 years. Clean energy development is urgently needed. Yet, in spite of this and the clear intent of existing PA statutes to support development of renewable energy, the PUC’s recently issued Advance Notice of Final Rulemaking Order continues to include proposed rules that would limit, penalize and otherwise restrict the right of Pennsylvania residents to install clean energy systems—on their own property and using their own money. We find this incredible.
Rules in the proposed final rulemaking order would add new limits on the allowed size of generation systems; would let utilities add new fees just on the bills of people who generate any of their own electricity; and would prevent property owners from putting solar in a sunny field on their own property unless they already use electricity there. We believe these rules are wrong headed, without cause and unneeded. As it is now, residential systems can be up to 50 kW. Customers who generate their own electricity are entitled to full credit for doing so. And, as long as your sunny field is less than 2 miles away, you can put solar there. The current rules are simple, work fine and apply the same to everyone.
• We urge that you withdraw changes to §75.13(a)(3) that would add a new generation limit on system size.
• We urge that you withdraw changes to §75.13(k) that would give the Commission authority to approve utility company requests to charge net metered customers special fees.
• We urge that you withdraw changes to §75.12 and §75.14, adding new load requirements for virtual metering.
Thank you for providing a regulatory environment that supports the responsible use of clean energy in Pennsylvania.