Friday, September 9, 2011

Critics of Duke-Progress deal beat deadlilne | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

John Murawski

"The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a Raleigh trade group that represents solar and other renewable developers, wants the commission to require the power companies to pay $75 million into a public benefit fund to pay for home weatherization and other programs. The utilities have committed to contributing $15 million, one-fifth that amount.

The group also wants the commission to allow solar power developers that build rooftop solar panels to be able to sell electricity directly to homes and business that host the rooftop panels. Currently homeowners can use their own solar electricity or sell it back to their electric utility, but state law only allows regulated utilities, municipal power agencies and rural electric cooperatives to sell power to retail customers."

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