mayo wrote:Nubo wrote:The prospects of significant number of folks going off grid gives the utility companies nightmares. And the day may come when it's economically feasible even for non-eccentrics. When that day approaches don't be surprised to discover there are suddenly laws or punitive fees against self-sufficient electrical systems.
We already have that here in Oklahoma. The law is in place, now they are working on what fee they will charge. The law says if you use alternative energy they will charge you more. Nice way to promote clean energy. But it's Oklahoma. I'm surprised they don't charge me more for driving a Leaf.
I believe PG&E here in California is considering adding a "grid tie-in fee" for people with solar, and I believe Coloradans with EVs pay a 'fuel tax fee' of $50/year or something like that to make up for the state gasoline taxes that they are avoiding. So it's not just "red" states, and no doubt others will follow in both regards.
I actually feel that both fees are fair, as long as the utility pays an equally fair price for solar-generated electrons during the day. EVs charged by grid-tied solar arrays use both the roads and the grid, after all.