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October 19, 2013

PSC staff recommends against Ga. Power solar fee

ATLANTA — Utility regulators say Georgians who install solar panels on their homes should not have to pay a special fee proposed by Georgia Power.

The Southern Co. subsidiary wants to charge a fee that would add roughly $22 a month to the bill of someone who builds a typical residential solar system starting next year. Utility officials say solar customers need to pay for a fair share of the costs of running the electric grid.

Public Service Commission staffers recommended against the charge in testimony filed Friday. They said Georgia Power has not shown evidence that its solar customers are dodging costs.

They said adding extra charges would deter people from using renewable energy.

The elected members of the PSC are expected to vote on the issue in December.


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