07 Aug Snohomish PUD: Please hold a public hearing before voting against solar net metering
In the past 2 weeks, more than 45,000 solar supporters like you have spoken up against a Snohomish PUD proposal that would shut down solar.
What’s going on?
- The Snohomish Public Utility District is considering a proposal to replace retail-rate net metering for solar power with a “buy all, sell all” system. Net metering is a simple way to account for the solar energy that a customer produces and uses at their home or business.
- Instead of using their own solar energy, future solar owners here in Snohomish County would be forced to “buy all” their electricity from SnoPUD at the retail cost. Meanwhile, they’d be forced to “sell all” their solar power into the SnoPUD grid at a much lower price.
- In addition, this rate structure may deny the 30% federal tax credit to future solar owners.
You can learn more about net metering vs. “buy all, sell all,” plus find the Solar Installers of Washington’s official position letter, here on SolarStrongWA.org.
SnoPUD’s drastic rate changes have been proposed with almost zero public input. They could vote on this huge decision as soon as the next 2 months.
Let’s put the “public” back in “Public Utility District”
Please ask our 3 elected SnoPUD Commissioners, as well as the General Manager/CEO, to schedule a mid-Sept hearing on this issue.
Sample message to make your own:
“Net metering is essential to solar and to Washington’s clean-energy future. Undercutting it without ample time for public input would be a terrible deal for SnoPUD customers who want solar choices. Please put the “public” back in “Public Utility District,” and schedule a mid-September hearing to allow SnoPUD customer comment and industry data on this critical issue.”
Thanks for your help shedding sunlight on this back-room deal against the future of Washington’s clean energy.
We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated as we learn more.