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May 30, 2010


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This is very important for consumers to understand. I signed up for the Duke Residential Solar program thinking it was a good thing, but if I understand correct they are using their distribution monopoly to screw smaller companies?

That's not right. They were given the monopoly by the state over the years (right of way access, etc) so I think they should have to play fair.

Residential solar is a core element of any future energy policy and shouldn't be left to monopoly interests.


What Jeff said. This is beyond ridiculous.

Steve Harrison

I lost a post somewhere in the ether, but...this specific issue deals with efforts by entrepreneurs to develop (non-residential) Solar energy generation projects and Duke Energy's ability and intent to block such efforts.

But it is (imo) reflective of similar moves they've made in the residential Solar market; to control, limit and (I believe) discourage the movement towards micro energy production. And I hold the NCUC at least partially responsible for allowing Duke to maneuver itself into such a position.

Duke Energy needs to change its posture on this or have its posture changed from without, but unless more of us become vocal stakeholders, I'm afraid neither of those things will happen.

Thanks for posting this, Ed, and thanks for volunteering your roof, Jeff.


Steve-O, I'm just glad you apparently survived the weekend with your Solar Plexus intact.

Steve Harrison

Aside from an (easily preventable if I wasn't an idiot) sunburn, I'm okay. It was a little too choppy for wakeboarding, so I did a couple of miles in the kayak. Heavenly.


I find it especially interesting how Duke Energy managed to effectively halt net metering in North Carolina. Oh sure, you can build your own home energy plant using any technology you wish but you cannot sell Duke Energy any more electricity than you use.

In other words: what's the point of spending thousands when you'll break even at best? That is, if you don't figure in the thousands you spent.

Seems like now would be a good time for neighborhood electric co-ops.

Steve Harrison

Not to mention: Unless they've altered their NCUC approved rules regarding their net-metering program, people are signed up on a "first-come, first-served" basis, and if/when the program rises to .02 percent of baseload, that's it. They won't (have to) sign any new customers up for the program.

And I'm pretty sure that applies to all renewables combined (Solar, wind, hydro, geothermal) that could be net-metered.

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