Earlier this year, Bluestem Prairie reported about efforts to curb the ability of some Minnesota electrical consumers to generate solar power (and thus kill local solar industry and the jobs it creates) in Are King Coal's foxes to guard the co-op? HF234 would leave rural utility customers on defense and Fox and co-op bill: HF234 to come to House floor, amendments filed by Bly, Hansen, Thissen.
Unfortunately, the companion bills have passed in both chambers and so clean energy groups, including our friends at Clean Up The River Environment (CURE) are asking citizens to contact Governor Dayton and ask for a veto. Here's the message we received from them:
Tell Governor Dayton: VETO solar-killing legislature.
Power companies are forcing Minnesota's solar customers to pay discriminatory fees – some over $80/month. This bill eliminates a review of these astronomical penalties, just so power companies don't have to face scrutiny for punishing solar customers.
Solar customers shouldn't be punished for doing the right thing. Tell Governor Dayton to protect solar in Minnesota and veto this legislation.
Photo: A solar customer with her array, via CURE.