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Week of 2/23/21: Help save the rooftop solar industry from Dominion's disastrous proposal! 

For the second time in as many years, Dominion is trying to change solar pricing in a way that would demolish the industry in the Lowcountry -- and this time, they’re coming after rooftop solar. In short, their proposal would move from net metering to a hybrid instantaneous netting system, thus lowering payouts to solar power producers, and add two new fees, one fixed fee and one proportional to the size of your solar system. And there’s no grandfathering -- current solar customers would get forced onto this plan by 2025, even if you budgeted and planned for the current system. 

 

When the utilities did this in Nevada in 2015, they killed the solar industry overnight, and it took the legislature’s intervention to lure some of the solar companies back. We can’t let that happen here. Dominion gets the privilege of having a monopoly in our region, and in return, they’re putting forward a proposal that isn’t just unfriendly towards rooftop solar -- it’s downright bloodthirsty.

 

We see two ways to respond: speaking out in public forums about how terrible this proposal is, and reaching out to the key decision makers directly. Whether this goes through is going to come down to the Public Service Commission, the regulatory body that decides on utility proposals.

 

 The Action​

If you want to do everything you can to oppose Dominion's proposal, you should: 

1. Sign this ratepayer letter in opposition from CVSC and share it on social media.

2. Write an official letter of protest to the South Carolina Public Service Commission, referencing docket number 2020-125-E, or email them at contact@psc.sc.gov.

3. Write a letter to the editor to the Post & Courier. CCC member Libby Smith had a great op-ed run in the Post & Courier last weekend criticizing the proposal.

And the March 23rd public hearing will be critical -- you have until the 22nd to sign up to speak, but there's no reason not to go ahead and do so now. Here's how:

"On or before Monday, March 22, 2021, no later than 4:45 p.m., any person desiring to testify as a public witness shall provide the commission (a) your name, (b) the telephone number that you wish the commission to call during the hearing to receive your testimony, and (c) your physical address. This information may be provided in two ways: by e-mailing communications@psc.sc.gov or by calling 803-896-5133."

The Benefit

As the climate crisis worsens, we can't afford to let the rooftop solar industry get decimated by our monopoly utility company. Let's make sure that this proposal doesn't come to pass -- because if it does, it'll set back the spread of clean energy in the Lowcountry and further tie us to climate-polluting coal and gas power.