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Our governor is trying to kill net metering
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26 Jul ’16 - 9:36 am
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And I agree with him, funny everyone wants to cut govt welfare until it affects them

Gov. Paul LePage is proposing a three-year “grandfather” period to allow Maine residents who have installed solar panels to recover some of their upfront investment through a practice called net metering. After that, he wants to end the program. The governor’s new proposal is drawing swift criticism from the solar industry.

Under net metering, residential solar generators can get a credit on their electric bill for excess electricity that they put back into the power grid. Over time, those credits can help cover the cost of the original investment, for, say, solar panels.

But as more people have gone solar, the policy has come under fire, with some saying it forces nonsolar customers to pay an unfair share of maintaining the electric grid.

LePage wants to get rid of net metering altogether.

“The whole concept behind the comments from the governor’s energy office is to move forward with a more market-based approach,” says Patrick Woodcock, who directs the governor’s energy office.

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Yup I agree. people need to allowed to stand on their own, and government subsidizing one person at the expense of another only creates a culture of dependence and resentment.

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lord knows we have plenty of that going around these days

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The only issue I have with it is that the people who bought into solar with the expectation of getting net metering.  It would suck if that was a deciding factor for you and now it's being taken away.

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they will still be compensated, but at market rates

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