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solarToday we’ll be talking with Bryan Lawley from Even Green Technologies, a solar and energy management services provider here in Idaho, as well as Julie Hart with the Idaho Clean Energy Association. We’ll be discussing the proposed policy changes to Idaho Power’s net metering program and how, if approved, those changes will affect the industry in the Gem State. As always tune in to the discussion at Noon today at 89.9 FM or 93.5FM in the Treasure Valley or stream the show online at www.radioboise.org.

-Charlie

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Idaho Power has proposed new rules to the Idaho Public Utility Commission concerning how it wants to operate it’s net-metering program. The proposed changes follow the announcement that Idaho Power would like to temporarily suspend two popular consumer electricity demand-response programs.

Courtney White

Courtney White

Net-metering allows Idaho Power customers who generate their own electricity (through wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass or fuel cell installations), to sell excess power back into the grid and receive compensation for it. Under proposed rule changes, Idaho Power will double the total number of power that is permitted to be generated by net-metering, but it will also quadruple the service fees that net-metering users pay to access the Idaho Power grid. Net-metering users will also no longer receive direct compensation for the power they generate, but will instead receive yearly credits that can be redeemed for power use if and when users draw electricity from Idaho Power’s grid. The credits expire at the end of the fiscal year.

Join us for a conversation with Courtney White, a local homeowner with a solar installation that participates in the net-metering program to hear about her experiences with the program and what the proposed rule changes mean to her and for all Idaho Power users concerned about increasing the supply of clean energy generation in our state.

You can also download a podcast of our conversation.

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