Rocky Mountain Power’s Proposed Solar Fee Denied

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Businesses, Faith, Political Leaders Cheer Decision
Lauren Randall, Sierra Club, lauren.randall@sierraclub.org, 781-608-1485 Mark Clemens, Sierra Club, mark.clemens@sierraclub.org, 801/467-9294 x102

Salt Lake City -- Today, the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) denied Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to impose a monthly $4.65 fee on its residential rooftop solar customers. After months of widespread opposition to the proposed fee from business, faith, and political leaders, and over 10,000 citizen comments submitted to the PSC against the solar penalty, groups cheered the decision.

In response, Utah Sierra Club Manager Mark Clemens released the following statement:

“Over the last few months, we’ve seen homeowners, faith leaders, small businesses, and Utahns from all walks of life come together to support rooftop solar, and today the commissioners listened to the will of the people. The rejection of Rocky Mountain Power’s solar tax will result in more jobs and cleaner air as Utah begins to fulfill its considerable potential in developing solar power.”

In response, UCARE director Mike Rossetti released the following statement:

"The PSC has cast its vote for Utah's future. We are delighted. Utah's vast solar resources will now be accessible to more Utah families and businesses. Citizens spoke, the Commissioners listened, and they acted on our behalf."

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