[Ok-sus] New clean energy tariff

Vicke Adams vicke at vickeadams.com
Fri Apr 25 15:33:38 UTC 2014

I did hear some coverage on the Tulsa public radio station this morning. It sounds like this will end up in court like so much other bad legislation passed in Oklahoma. 


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Rachel Maddow was giving Oklahoma heck for this travesty the other night.   But how many Oklahomans watch her show?


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From: Temur Akhmedov
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Here is what I posted on Facebook when a friend asked of my reaction:

People like their freedoms. While there is a valid concern for interconnecting on-site power generation to the grid, it is done routinely with diesel and propane power generators. Solar power or wind power is not much different. There is a switch, which is mandated by codes. --- You know, some people, especially farmers, will just go off-grid totally. --- Oklahoma utilities are concerned that small scale renewables will compete with them. That is true. They will compete. And you either adapt, or lose. If utilities do not adapt, they will lose. --- Short-term, this will slow down implementation of on-site power.

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From: vicke at vickeadams.com
To: ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:40 -0500
Subject: [Ok-sus] New clean energy tariff

Is anyone else upset about the new fees that are now going to be assessed on Oklahomans that have solar or wind energy? This legislature is not in touch with reality. How and why are they penalizing me for trying to be more sustainable, not to mention to have a source of energy when the grid is down? I am located in a very rural area. I spent over $6000 to have a small solar power system that provides electricity to a portion of my cabin, It allows me to keep functioning when the grid is down. Just this week the grid was down in my area for almost four hours. No storms, no explanations. But, now that same utility company will have the right to charge me a monthly fee because I have solar panels on my roof!

I called my state representative and senator as well as others to ask them not to vote for this bill. I hope others were doing the same. What I fear is that this terrible bill was passed through both houses and signed by the governor today in such a slick, quiet way that most people probably don't even know it has happened. I keep waiting for the outrage but so far, I'm not seeing or hearing any coverage. 

What's up with this? I'm about ready to drive to the capitol and go office to office registering my displeasure with the entire place. Although, I fear that I would end up in jail and then who would be here to milk the goats that night?

Vicke - One really unhappy Oklahoman

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