All of our customers, including those with their own generation, benefit from access to our reliable electricity grid. We are proposing new rates for customers that generate some of their own power because while they enjoy the same benefits from the reliable electricity grid, they currently do not pay their fair share of the grid costs.
These customers use the grid as much, if not more, than customers who do not generate their own power. Some customers generate more energy than they need. When this happens, they use our grid to sell excess energy to us at a retail prices. The grid also ensures that they have the power they need, whenever they need it – at night, in the rain, or under conditions when they need power beyond what their system is able to produce.
Conversely, customers unable to afford their own generating systems, don’t have a suitable place to put them, or simply don’t want them, currently have costs shifted to them from those customers who do have the means to install their own generation.
In this rate case, we’re proposing new rates effective Jan. 1, 2016, for customers who have their own generating systems. The changes we propose will allow us to maintain a system that provides reliable service in an environmentally responsible way, while keeping our rates fair and affordable for all customers.