This type of study probably never preceded Wind Power in Maine.
A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed solar added another data point to the ongoing, vigorous debate about the answer to a fundamental question: Just what, exactly, is distributed solar power worth?
Reading on in the Article they speak of considering a Solar Tariff, probably like the 4 western states when homes (to be encouraged by Efficiency Maine and others) compete with the grid tied commercial systems (another tax generating scheme to support commercial systems and gradually remove home systems). Will this be followed by tariffs on home wind as well? Oh that is right! We already pay for that and have been displaced in the sell back of our excess generation. A less destructive system on already occupied lands.
Also not mentioned is the CO² and other toxic outputs to the air and land. Or the fact that it is the second worst form of energy production based on a cost / return ratio. 1 being the best in this accumulated information. Article Link
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