Wisconsin utility We Energies revives controversial push for solar charge

Energy News Network: Wisconsin utility We Energies is seeking to charge customers with solar $3.53 per kilowatt they generate, reviving a controversial 2014 effort that the utility describes as making sure customers with solar pay their “fair share” to keep up the grid. Solar advocates say the charge could increase bills for small businesses and residents by hundreds or thousands of dollars a year and make solar not financially viable for some.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved the utility’s 2014 proposal to charge customers with solar an extra $3.79 per kilowatt of installed capacity, but a circuit court judge later rejected it amid massive outcry from residents and advocacy groups.

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