Solar Energy Solutions

Public Comments Opportunity on Value of Solar in Kentucky

April 14, 15, and 20, 2021

Public Comment will be taken for the LG&E/KU rate case at 3 separate virtual public meetings:

  • Wednesday April 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday April 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

To get on the list for virtual comments, send an email to psc.meeting@ky.gov and include your name, address, phone and email.  Also, indicate which of the three meetings you prefer.

Find additional Information here and see the press release here

More information:As many of you may know from our previous updates on net metering in Kentucky, there are currently two utility rate cases in progress that seek to reduce the value of solar that is exported to the grid from residential, small business, place of worship, school and farm systems.  These public comments are for the LG&E/KU rate case.  

About the LG&E/KU case:

  • LG&E/KU’s case is expected to be decided by June 30, 2021 at the latest. Should they win the day they have stated in their submission that net metering under current conditions will be grandfathered in ONLY if systems are installed, inspected and energized by that June 30th 2021 date,  not just with an approved net metering application. New systems will be credited at about 20% of retail rate.

Please sign up to make your voice heard (instructions below)!

  • If you’re a current solar owner, while this ruling won’t affect your value for solar, your more experienced voice will carry more weight and could help those planning to go solar in the future.
  • If you’re planning to transition to solar, be sure to let the PSC that you want to be compensated fairly, 1-1, for power you will be exporting into the grid when your system is over producing.
  • If you’re not planning to transition to solarbut believe that people should be compensated equally for power that may flow out from their system and into other people’s homes through the meter. Let your voice be heard, we’re really talking about the rights of kentuckians to be energy independent if they choose to be.  

Some Context:
The thing is, being a monopoly is a great deal if you can get it.  And in instances like electric supply, there is good reason for it, but it shouldn’t allow them to devalue electricity that is generated by independent solar owners.  The utility actually benefits from that extra power the independent solar systems send into the grid quite a bit.  They are paid for all energy that flows through one of their meter into homes and business, even if they didn’t produce it.  So if your extra solar power flows through the utility meter into your neighbors home, the utility gets paid full retail for that power. Also, independent solar systems add extra power into the grid at the very time the energy needs are highest, like hot July days. And yet, LG&E/KU want to pay 20 cents on the dollar for it, it’s just not right, it’s an abuse of their monopoly while at the same time they are going full speed ahead on building their own solar.  Solar power options sold by utilities are always at a premium price.  

To get on the list for virtual comments, send an email to psc.meeting@ky.gov and include your name, address, phone and email.  Also, indicate which of the three meetings you prefer.

Find additional Information here and see the press release here

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