FTC Workshop Will Examine Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business #00004

Submission Number:
00004
Commenter:
Christine Guldi
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
FTC Workshop Will Examine Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
The state of Texas has made getting rooftop solar energy and getting credit for my excess energy more challenging than it has to be. In the guise of encouraging competition, the state hosts a "Power to Choose" website that encourages retail electric providers to post deceptive come-on rates. The site is a scam-artist's dream. At the same time, the state does not permit or require retail electric providers to list the very few plans that give credit for excess energy. We need to have net metering required. Solar generates most in Texas at exactly the time of year and time of day when energy demand here peaks because of air conditioning usage. DG combined with demand-sensitive rates could prevent the building of natural gas generators that would increase our already terrible air pollution problems and even worse, increase methane accumulation in the atmosphere, thus speeding and compounding climate change, and encourage more gas fracking, which has proven disastrous to water sources in many places in Texas. DG is a cheap, sustainable energy source that should be encouraged by every means it can be.