Meg Pickup, Ballina
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.