Sunday, April 25, 2010

Power Companies supporting Green Energy?

It is hard to believe that some large power companies are serious about supporting green power if we observe their responses to an opportunity. Consider the following example;
Some sustainable green planning is taking place in New York State based Villages and Towns. This includes installing solar panels of 40KW to 80 KW size funded by stimulus grants. These installation may make more power than their consumption. This means that power demand will be reduced so the Utility can sell the saved power to serve future growth. The NYS Public service commission also regulates the Power company and requiring them to produce green power. Under these condition you would expect them to encourage more of such projects and compensate the community at the same rate as they charge them for power. Unfortunately the reality is different and I hope that our Political leaders will resolve this attitude in near future.

I was shocked to learn that when a Village requested the power company to pay them the same price for green generated power, they said that the current Terrif in their agreement does not require this and Village is legally only entitled to get 3 cents per KWH while the Village pays over 12 cents/KWH to buy power from them.
This does not sound Fair, but legally the Utility does not have to pay any more for the distributed green power. Where is the social consciousness at the top management level of the Power company which has profits as the Mantra for taking any decisions? Time will tell if they really want to support Green power generation. Their Actions will convey the truth.

As tax payers, we need to convey to the politicians and power company officials to use common sense so our small communities are rewarded and not discouraged to take sustainable green path to control costs and local taxes.

Ram

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