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Is it solar fair?

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The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) draft rule change will result in solar households and businesses being charged for exporting cheap, clean energy to the grid.

AEMC argues that charging solar owners to export solar electricity to the grid is about fairness.

To the contrary, it’s about keeping the generation of electricity in the hands of a few.

Rooftop solar generation benefits all energy consumers. It provides cheap, local energy to the grid thus bringing down wholesale power prices, which electricity retailers should be passing on to customers.

Solar households and businesses should be rewarded for the economic, environmental and health benefits they provide, especially now that feed-in tariffs are dropping.

Instead, the plan is to tax them for exporting power to the grid while big coal and gas generators will not be taxed.

More, not less rooftop solar should be encouraged.

People trying to reduce their energy bills and make a positive contribution to the environment should not be penalised. This rule change must be challenged.

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  1. It’s outrageous! Costs of accommodating the surplus power sent to the grid from solar panels should be amply covered by the profit made in the percentage difference between householder payments per kWh and the kWh charges to other consumers for green energy.

    Privatisation of our power supply has been a disaster for consumers and the environment. Public control could see some more far sighted investment in large scale publicly owned battery storage of free green energy, rather than short-term profits.


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