End Extra Charges for Customers Using Solar Power

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Target: Richard Walje, President of Rocky Mountain Power

Goal: End unfair and punitive extra charges for families using solar energy

Many families are installing solar panels to have lower energy bills and be more environmentally friendly than they are using standard energy. Some companies, however, are now charging customers with solar panels more than families with standard energy. Customers with solar are rising up to demand that their prices be the same as, or lower than, those with standard energy. Corporations should not be penalizing consumers for trying to be less destructive to the planet. Energy consumers across the country should stand up against extra charges for families with solar panels installed.

More and more households in Utah are turning to solar and wind energy. Rocky Mountain Power, however, is opposed to this, and is consequently charging their solar powered customers more than their regular energy consumers. This power company is neglecting to recognize the obvious benefits of solar energy; for example, solar panels generate the most energy during the peak hours during the day, reducing the strain on Rocky Mountain Power’s traditional energy lines. These extra charges on solar energy consumers is said to be caused by a desire to reclaim the costs of profits lost from decreased use of traditional energy sources.  This is an unfair extra cost for families who are trying to save money and have a minimal impact upon the environment. Rocky Mountain Power could take the initiative in encouraging solar panel installation for families, but they are refusing to modernize to new, green energy producers.


Dear Richard Walje,

I have recently become aware of an unfair practice your company Rocky Mountain Power is conducting among households who use solar energy. By charging families with solar energy more than those without, you display an unwillingness to innovate and expand your markets to include energy that is sustainable and more environmentally sound than traditional energy use.

In addition, this policy is inherently unequal. You are penalizing consumers for making responsible decisions about their energy consumption and impact on the planet. Instead of creating these penalties, you should be rewarding customers for their forward thinking by giving rebates. Your company, which is one of the largest energy suppliers on the west coast, should be implementing more green energy programs to stay ahead of the competitors’ curve and display your dedication to human and environmental health.

I ask that you revoke the punitive extra charges imposed on households with solar panels installed. Your company should instead be a leader in inexpensive, green energy supply to keep you ahead of competitors yet also aware of your customers’ demands and needs.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Christine Westerback via Geograph

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