Solar needs your voice! (Again)

Do you believe in a future powered by clean, local renewable energy? Our Public Utilities Commission needs to hear from you!

Vermont’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) is currently reviewing our state’s net metering policy. The PUC was scheduled to make a ruling on the incentive change this past spring, but the public health crisis around COVID-19 delayed that. The new deadline for public comment is August 31st. Past changes have driven a dramatic drop in annual solar installations over the last three years and the loss of 500 local solar jobs. There’s a lot at stake for the health of solar in Vermont!

The Governor’s current proposal would cut the current solar adder (Vermont’s solar incentive) by 50% this year and 100% by next year — eliminating it completely. This is further compounded by solar opposition coming from Washington DC. Given the solar industry slow down, local job losses, and global climate crisis, this is not okay.

 

Our demand is that we need to keep the solar adder steady and keep solar affordable for all Vermonters.

 

We are also asking that the “preferred siting incentive” be increased to encourage more solar be added to the built environment, namely as parking lot canopies.

Help us send a message to the PUC that they must oppose this drop in our state’s only solar incentive while supporting the addition of new solar in preferred sites. 

 

 

The period for public commenting is now closed.

We appreciate your show of solar support!

 

 


Ready to Act?

We’ve made it easy to send an email directly to the PUC. Here’s how:

Step 1: Check out the three messages below. Why do you support solar in Vermont? Select the one that resonates with you.

Step 2: Click “Email the PUC” to open an email with this message to the PUC Clerk.

Step 3: Adjust the message and add your personal story to increase the impact of your comment.

Step 4: Click send! Then share this page with your friends in the community.

Go solar before Net Metering rules change in the state of Vermont

If our link doesn’t work for you, just copy and paste the text and email to puc.clerk@vermont.gov, with Subject; Comments on case Case No. 20-0097-INV

#1 “Our climate crisis demands urgent action and solar is one of the solutions”

to: puc.clerk@vermont.gov
bcc: PUC@suncommon.com
subject: Comments on case Case No. 20-0097-INV

 

Dear Public Utility Commision, 

I am writing today urging you to hold the solar adder steady.

Scientists from around the world continue to sound the alarm bells that climate change is creating unprecedented risk to life around the world. I believe that we have an obligation to swiftly transition to an electricity grid powered entirely by local renewable energy.  Everyone should be able to choose solar and do their part to address the climate crisis. 

I am already seeing the impacts of climate change – less snow, more rain, and more extreme weather events impacting communities around the state. This is not the time for slow action. Scientists have said that we need immediate action in the coming 10 years to address the climate crisis. Solutions such as solar need to receive state and utility support to ensure our transition to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible.

 

Sincerely,

Your concerned neighbor


#2 “Solar for Every Vermonter”

to: puc.clerk@vermont.gov
bcc: PUC@suncommon.com
subject: Comments on case Case No. 20-0097-INV

To the Public Utility Commission:

I oppose the Departments recommendation to drop the value of the solar adder.  Any Vermonter should be able to add solar – at home or at their business – and make the personal investment in our transition to a clean energy future – without losing their shirt.  

As you know the federal tax credit for solar has dropped and will drop again with ongoing opposition coming out of Washington DC.  You have adjusted down the value of solar in each of your last decisions. All that has added up to fewer and fewer Vermonters accessing solar each year.  Please stop. 

I urge you to hold the solar adder steady.  Give everyday Vermonters a chance to own their own power generation and keep their energy dollars local.

Thanks,


#3 “The solar industry creates jobs in our state and economic growth”

to: puc.clerk@vermont.gov
bcc: PUC@suncommon.com
subject: Comments on case Case No. 20-0097-INV

 

Dear Public Utility Commission,

I am writing today urging you to hold the solar adder steady.

The clean energy industry currently provides over 18,000 people – especially young people – with well paying and skilled jobs.  I oppose the recommendation to reduce the adder that would impact these jobs, the businesses that operate here, and the revenue this industry creates for the state. Every job is important in our small state. Knowingly changing policy that would lead to continued job loss and hurt our local economy is unacceptable from my opinion. 

It is time to move into the 21st century and acknowledge that the utility grid needs to adapt to available technologies and support this growing clean energy economy.

Thanks,


FAQs

Who is the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)?

The Public Utility Commission is an independent, three-member, quasi-judicial commission that regulates the siting of electric and natural gas infrastructure and supervises the rates, quality of service, and overall financial management of Vermont’s public utilities.

What will happen after I send an email?

The PUC will receive it to review it as they consider their final ruling.

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