Vermont Public Utility Commission

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19-0855-RULE Proposed changes to PUC Rule 5.100 Open Case Age: 548
Rulemaking / Rule: Open Date filed: 03/26/19
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    12/20/2019 Marx, Roland [PUBCOM]
See attached Acknowledged
    12/10/2019 Chapin, Jonathan T. [PUBCOM]
I am very concerned about climate change and how we need to actively support ways to get off fossil fuels. Please continue to support the net metering program that are in place in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Wolfson, Richard [PUBCOM]
I am appalled by the DPS' attempt to lower the rate paid to net metering customers. In this age of climate emergency, we need to do everything possible to encourage renewable energy. The DPS proposal will do the opposite, and will also cost Vermont valuable jobs in renewable energy. Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Bangerter, Leonardo [PUBCOM]
I recently moved from Miami, FL looking for a community with a moral compass better aligned with our own. Over there climate change has been having a visible impact, flooding streets and backyards on pretty much any given high tide period. Taking action to discourage the advancement of renewable energy makes no sense. I work in the solar industry that every year creates more and more local sustainable jobs. I can only see wins across the board. Keep current net metering rate. Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 David, Lutz [PUBCOM]
I am commenting strongly against the change to net-metering rates. As an environmental scientist who is strongly in favor of the use of renewable energy technology, adjusting this rate will reduce incentives for adoption and prevent our state from transitioning to the electrical grid of the future. Many of my neighbors have solar panel devices and we would like to invest in one in the future, but this action would diminish our incentive to do so. Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Davis, Christian Lee [PUBCOM]
I recommend that one read the editorial in the Addison County Independent newspaper (https://addisonindependent.com/opeds/editorial-vermonts-dps-waging-war-states-solar-industry). Of pertinent interest is the state of Nevada who went through this fiasco and had to reverse it 18 months later via state legislation. Hopefully, the VT legislature will get involved with this appalling action of the DPS. The electricity suppliers win BIG, but at significant cost to solar providers & installers. Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Madden, Jill [PUBCOM]
I am strongly against the DPS lowering net metering rates. Vermont needs to be supporting renewable energy technology now. I support incentives for more solar and wind energy instead. thank you. Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Beckwith, Carolyn [PUBCOM]
I am against the proposal to reduce the current net metering rate. I believe doing this will lose jobs, decimate the solar industry, and negatively effect the environment. Filed
    12/09/2019 Wilhelm, Doug [PUBCOM]
Cutting the net-metering rate so drastically -- nearly by half -- would be incredibly short-sighted and damaging to Vermont's own goal, in the state's Comprehensive Energy Plan, of converting to a primarily renewable energy economy. It would cripple the solar industry, a vibrant and growing sector of the state's economy, and it would wipe out the incentive for more people to keep their energy dollars in state and reduce carbon emissions by making solar uneconomical. Don't do this! Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Russell, Michael [PUBCOM]
Net metering has been instrumental in making Vermont a leader in renewable energy adoption is a way that is consistent with our pioneer heritage and our modern values. Encouraging individuals to develop generation capacity is both empowering of our individualism and a manifestation of distributive power generation. Are there costs to this policy? Of course. Are the burdens perfectly allocated? Of course not. What interests oppose net-metering? Mostly fossil fuel industrialists. Freedom & Unity! Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Kerschner, Richard [PUBCOM]
I urge the PUC retain the net-metering rate for electricity generated by solar panel installations at 17 cents per kWh and not reduct it at all. WE need a strong solar power industry in Vermont if we are ever to mitigate climate change. The swift advance in the use of solar power in Vermont has also benefited the State by creating over 6000 jobs valued at up to $60,000,000. It makes no sense to stop this job growth or further reduce the cost of electricity at the expense of our children's future Acknowledged
    12/09/2019 Pomerantz, Francine S. [PUBCOM]
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    12/09/2019 Granda, Chris [PUBCOM]
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    12/06/2019 Croft, Rodney and Mary E [PUBCOM]
Please continue to support the net metering program. Do not penalize us by reducing the current net metering rates. We are both retired working class and definitely not wealthy. We invested in solar a year ago to do our part to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. We feel a strong affordable solar industry is an important part of meeting Vermont's renewable energy goals. Do not disincentivize Vermonters who want do their part. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Sharp, Henry [PUBCOM]
Vermont has very ambitious goals for renewable energy adoption. Critical to meeting those goals is a net metering policy that strongly encourages development of renewables. Reducing the net metering rates would negatively impact the rate of new solar installations. That would make it harder for VT to reach its ambitious clean energy goals which are strongly supported by the public in VT. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Virginia-Chase, Sandra [PUBCOM]
Global warming is upon us and we need to act swiftly. I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change. A strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Also the more clean local solar electricity available to Vermont electric utilities the less "dirty" generated electricity Vermont utilities need to purchase from out of state. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Thank you. Filed
    12/06/2019 Colm, Susan H [PUBCOM]
19-0855-RULE I was born in Rutland, VT In 1967, and I’ve lived in Vermont ever since. The reason I choose to live in Vermont is that the progressive values of the state are in line with my own values. I’m proud to be a true Vermonter. Vermont tries to do the right thing, as do I. That’s one of the reasons I have a solar power array. Please continue to make me proud by continuing to fully support solar power, including net metering. We need to do everything we can to move away from fossil fuels. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Francis, Barry [PUBCOM]
I was shocked to find out today that not only was there consideration being given to decreasing the net metering rate but that there was only 1 day left to provide a comment. It is beyond my comprehension how, as we as a state transition to an electrified economy to mitigate climate change, such a step could even be considered. It is also deeply disheartening that such a huge change has had so little public notice. For one of the major issues of our time! Big big mistake if that road is taken. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Hawthorn, Deborah Y [PUBCOM]
Climate change notwithstanding, I believe it's important to live in a way that minimizes consumption and waste. Renewable energy only make sense, and solar is a key component of the technologies currently available to us. Why the PUC should want to reduce the incentives for that is a mystery to me when solar has already proven so successful in Vermont. Rather than reducing net-metering rates, we should be equalizing generation and usage on a KWH basis, as suggested by Daniel Leavitt on 12/2. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Anthes, Ed MaryRose [PUBCOM]
Solar in VT needs more support, not less. Transportation is the big fossil fuel energy user here. After my wife and I invested our capital in a SolarTracker, we banked our credits with GMP. After a year, I started to get notices that my credits were expiring. I thought, "The least they could do is give us stock for the value of the credits." That doesn't happen, of course. So we bought a plug-in hybrid to use up the extra power we were producing but not using. 22.76 mWh produced since Sept 2015 Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Bauer, Kenneth [PUBCOM]
I urge you to continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. A strong solar industry = a strong and sustainable Vermont! Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Hughes, Ivor [PUBCOM]
As a member of the Monkton Planning Commission and Energy Committee I am appalled at your recommendation to reduce the solar rate. It goes against the whole battle against climate change as well as Vermont’s goal to become 90 by 50. Weening people off non renewable sources is the whole basis of the towns energy plan that you are now torpedoing! Reducing this incentive will also have a huge impact on solar jobs in Vermont. Get on the same page as the rest of Vermonters fighting climate change. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Leiter, Suzanne [PUBCOM]
Just recently, the UN came out with new highly troubling evidence of climate change. Alternative energy is essential to stopping the rise in world temperatures. Keeping the net metering rules at present levels is essential to making some progress in the state of Vermont. We have fallen way behind our goals of 90% by 2050. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Shaw, Eric [PUBCOM]
Please do not reduce the net metering rate to 9.2 cents as I feel this will create hardship for those trying to reduce the use of carbon based fuels. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Palmer, Jane Ellen [PUBCOM]
WTF? Are you kidding? I doubt any of the many comments that are listed here will sway your opinions. They haven't in the past. You always seem to do what the DPS tells you to do and Lord knows they don't have Vermonter's best interests in mind. So, go ahead, do it. Put the kibosh on the best hope we have going for renewable energy generation in Vermont. Take all of our investment in solar panels and flush it down the toilet. Just kill us all now. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Copeland, Mary Ellen [PUBCOM]
I support expanding the direct metering program. Solar owners invest in electrical generation equipment and get repaid over 10-15 years. Supporting net metering should reduce GMP's need for increased generating facilities. Net metering adds assets for Vermont owners instead of foreign owners, benefitting our economy. Please take the long view. We need to support solar in Vermont: electric production, local jobs, technology development.This will benefit all Vermonters, now and into the future. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Haac, T. Ryan [PUBCOM]
Our capitalist society necessitates leaders to incentivize behaviors to achieve desired outcomes. You are implored to not discard a meaningful method of encouraging distributed renewable energy proliferation. Further, grid-tied energy storage interfaced with net-metered systems should be broadly incentivized; based on recent programs, GMP seems to agree that distributed energy storage improves reliability and resilience. Net-metered renewable energy is a valuable asset, so price it that way! Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Antal, James [PUBCOM]
I am national spokesperson for the United Church of Christ on Climate Justice. The world - the USA - and Vermont all need a strong solar industry if our children will have a livable planet. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Dewees, Don J [PUBCOM]
Considering Vermont's ambitious goals for limiting emissions and supporting development of alternative energy sources, it makes no sense to reduce the benefits of net metering, which is an important incentive for citizens to invest in solar. The solar industry is thriving here, providing an important segment of the economy. Keep net metering rates where they are, or increase them. Climate change is not waiting for us to do the right thing. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Bower, Steven [PUBCOM]
It is essential that the PUC and State continue to work toward our clean-energy and climate goals, as we approach the specter of runaway climate change. We must transition from fossil fuels to renewable electric energy. Please continue strong support for net metering and distributed generation, to drive that transition. The ratepayer issues are important but there are other, better ways to address those. Thank you. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 PUTNAM, SPENCER [PUBCOM]
I have just completed an in-person survey of alternative energy efforts in the Nordic countries, where there is MUCH more public commitment than here to meeting carbon emission goals at considerable public expense, shared universally. It is appalling that cutting back Vermont's efforts is even under consideration. Please dismiss this very damaging effort to reduce net metering rates. It is not in the best interests of the climate or the citizens of Vermont. Filed
    12/06/2019 Brink, Peter Hager [PUBCOM]
I strongly support retaining the current price for purchase of solar-produced electricity by GMP and other VT utilities. We are in a battle for the future of our children, state, and world. If this modest subsidy is a problem then replace it with a stronger subsidy in a different form. But don't give up and significantly reduce this effective means of helping VT attain its renewable energy goals. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 LaWhite, Betty S [PUBCOM]
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    12/06/2019 Zeliff, Bob [PUBCOM]
I am opposed to this rule. It is vital to Vermonters that we continue to move to more solar solar energy both for jobs in Vermont and for the long term benefit is slowing climate change. I am disappointed that this administration is recommending the current rule. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Tobin, Bill [PUBCOM]
I am writing to urge you to continue to support the net metering program by not reducing the amount being paid by utilities to those who help provide clean renewable energy to the grid. The solar industry in VT has been providing large number of jobs over the past several years in addition helping to combat climate change. The Federal Gov supports the fossil fuel industry to the tune of $20B/yr and the current administration sells plastic straws for $15. Please continue to support net metering. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Newbury, Catharine [PUBCOM]
I strongly oppose the proposed policy change. Reducing net metering rates to 9 cents per KWh will undermine Vermont's efforts to encourage more people to invest in solar energy. It will also present a hurdle to another goal of the state, Instead of encouraging more use of electric vehicles, it will discourage that. Careful scrutiny of this new policy is needed. Who will benefit? There has been inadequate public discussion of the likely consequences of making this change in rates. Filed
    12/06/2019 Santoriello, Santo [PUBCOM]
It is totally idiotic to reduce the net metering rate. We need to increase alternative, non polluting energy sources. Just look at what happened in Nevada when they did this- $60 million dollars in lost wages, 6,000 lost jobs, and the legislature had to rescind the stupid policy. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Price, Carol [PUBCOM]
Vermont needs to do all we can to develop more alternative energy sources that do not create air pollution and climate disasters. This proposal is completely wrong-headed, and a threat to humanity and our future as a planet. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Crawford, Frederik O [PUBCOM]
My wife and I are strong supporters of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. We recently purchased a Solar Tracker encouraged by several of our neighbors. Our decision was based not only on the energy savings, but also to set an example for others. We are proud of what Vermont is doing to support renewable energy. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Hopkins, Richard [PUBCOM]
Please take no action that would result in making it more difficult for Vermont to reach its statutory, Comprehensive Energy Plan and Renewable Portfolio Standard targets for increasing renewable energy and increasing the percentage of energy derived from distributed sources. This rule change is likely to result in a slowdown in installation of distributed solar capacity, and thus make reaching our targets more difficult. Please act as though we have a climate change emergency, which we do. Acknowledged
    12/06/2019 Forward, Jeff [PUBCOM]
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    12/06/2019 Hardy, Betsy [PUBCOM]
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    12/05/2019 Hardy, Douglas R [PUBCOM]
see attached file! Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Pond, Judith [PUBCOM]
THE most critical problem our world faces today is climate change. We MUST take drastic steps to lower carbon emissions. The solar industry needs and deserves substantial public support in order to grow as fast as possible and to make solar energy affordable. Public funds have subsidized the fossil fuel industries for many decades. Now we need at least that much support for sustainable energy instead. Please do not cut help to the solar industry. Instead, support it in all ways possible. Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Grady, Kevin M [PUBCOM]
Combating climate change is of deep concern to me. This existential threat must be engaged boldly in Vermont. Solar power is a critical component in the effort to reach the State's energy goals and to improve the future for coming generations. My request is to please continue support for the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Solar energy creates good paying jobs; stems the outflow of money spent on fuel/gas from Vermont. Thank you. Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Taylor, Cynthia [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Brown, Kristin [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat the climate crisis. I believe a strong solar industry is critical in that effort! am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont WITHOUT REDUCTIONS IN THE NET METERING RATES CURRENTLY IN EFFECT! Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Ko, Erica [PUBCOM]
Climate change is the single issue that impacts every other concern faced by humankind - without a sustaining environment, there is no future for society. Incentivizing solar through net metering is one of the few ways that make the move towards clean energy even moderately possible for those of us in middle class (though still very difficult), and still unreachable for so many. Time is so short to make a difference on this fundamental issue - incentives need to be increasing, not diminishing. Filed
    12/05/2019 Branchflower, Stephen James [PUBCOM]
I own several solar panels in a Community Solar Array. Our primary reason for this investment is because the need to transition away from environment destroying hydropower and fossil fuels is imperative, and solar power is a key part of the mix. We must do everything we can to encourage VT should be doing all that it to combat the increased use of fossil fuels. A strong solar industry is critical to that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions! Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Williams, Stanton [PUBCOM]
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    12/05/2019 Martin, David S [PUBCOM]
GMP reports that 28% of their power is purchased from out of state, mostly from dirty sources. The PUC focus should be on how to reduce this figure to zero within five years by promoting local sustainable power and storage. Further reducing solar incentives will make it more difficult to achieve this objective, with disastrous consequences for our children and grandchildren. Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Clark, Ira [PUBCOM]
While I have not purchased solar panels myself, I recognize that those who have are providing a valuable service. I do not support reductions in the current net-metering rates. They are an essential tool in encouraging Vermonters to invest in renewable electricity generation that benefits us all. Filed
    12/05/2019 Fox, Coleen Ann [PUBCOM]
It is very discouraging that the Vermont PUC is taking action to discourage the solar energy industry in Vermont. It makes no sense. We are a family (middle income) that recently bought into a community solar array, and we did so because addressing climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. We are middle income! The reason this is possible is because of the current net metering rates. Are you trying to push families like ours out of the state? Why give us a reason to leave VT? Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Eric, Becker [PUBCOM]
I urge the PUC to maintain net metering rates as they are. The climate emergency demands that we do everything in our power to expedite the shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels. Slashing net metering rates would have a dramatic chilling effect on the addition of solar capacity in Vermont. That is exactly the opposite type of policy from what we need. Many thanks for your consideration. Eric Becker, South Strafford, VT Filed
    12/05/2019 Mueller, Hans [PUBCOM]
Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. I own a residential PV system since 2016, still an early adoption. A lot more conversion to solar needs to be done to get off the reliance on fossil fuels. In my case, I immediately switched to heat pumps, and I am considering electric vehicles. All this benefits Vermont in multiple ways! Let's do what we know is in our long-term interest and support net metering. Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Hiland, Bruce [PUBCOM]
Are you nuts?? I've spent the money and gone to the effort of installing both solar and Tesla batteries to help with sustainable power. Now you come up with a scheme to dilute the financial incentive for being a good citizen. Read the editorial in The Addison Independent and you'll have a clear idea of how wrong-headed your approach is and why you need to revisit this issue with a clear head and objectives consistent with sound public policy. Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Schults, William C [PUBCOM]
The global warming crisis caused by emissions generated by burning fossil fuels is a real, immediate threat to life as we know it on the planet. The State of Vermont should continue to encourage the personal adoption of renewable alternatives such as solar by an electric net-metering policy that makes solar energy an economically viable option. Do NOT reduce the net-metering program below its current level. Thank you. Acknowledged
    12/05/2019 Wylie, Glenn [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and I believe that a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. I therefore ask that we continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/05/2019 Rob, Susan [PUBCOM]
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    12/04/2019 Brown, Judith [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of all that is being done to combat climate change. Solar arrays and Net metering is a critical component of this effort. I urge you to continue to support net metering rates at the current rate. We owe this important program to the future of Vermonters and all citizens. Do NOT reduce net metering rates. Thank you. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Jenne, Greg [PUBCOM]
We are strong supporters of renewable energy sources, especially solar arrays. Please continue to show support to all vermonters that benefit from the arrays that are currently in place and those that are considering systems of their own. Continue with same levels of net metering that we are all currently receiving. Thank you. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Greenberg, Dean Allen [PUBCOM]
I am concerned that this is an attempt to increase electric companies profits. If they can "buy" solar credits from individuals for 9 cents and"sell" same for 17 cents you are in fact penalizing those who may produce the power. Droughts. floods, steadily increasing temperature, more and stronger hurricanes, and other factors point directly to climate change. A vibrant solar industry is an important factor in reducing the effects of climate change. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Leavitt, Jill [PUBCOM]
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    12/04/2019 MacCormick, Allison [PUBCOM]
Please do not undermine the solar industry!! It is just getting started and a much better alternative than oil! I love using the sun to power my house and car. Please keep the net metering program intact! Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Phipps, Jane & John [PUBCOM]
We are strong supporters of efforts to combat climate change. We have bought into a solar farm for our household electricity, installed solar panels on our roof for solar hot water and our next vehicle will likely be an electric one. We must all do our part for future generations. A strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Thank you. Filed
    12/04/2019 Hoyt, William Brewster [PUBCOM]
Out of a belief that climate change is the result of carbon emissions I had a solar tracker installed. I understood at the time that there were incentives to encourage people to make this step. It is evident that switching to carbon neutral energy is even more important now, and so the incentives should at least remain if not increase! Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Thrall, Roger W [PUBCOM]
Net metering and its associated rates are largely responsible for our progress in implementing small-scale solar power in our state. Our transition away from fossil fuels is imperative, and solar power is a key part of the mix, even in a state not known for its sunshine! Please retain current net-metering rules and rates and let us continue our progress. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Comerci, Nicholas [PUBCOM]
I have worked in the natural resources and agricultural services field in Vermont for over 30 years and have seen the negative impacts first hand of a changing climate due in large part to carbon emissions. Solar energy is one of the answers to slowing this process down. To discourage adoption and curtail innovation and investment at this time is foolish especially for future generations. Do the right thing and continue support for net metering at current or improved rates. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Dean, Anne Lincoln [PUBCOM]
Case #: 19-0855-RULE Case Age: 253 Rulemaking / Rule: Open Date filed: 03/26/19 Commissioner I have owned solar for 14 years and depend on the savings I receive from ownership. Reducing their value would be a burden on your constituents, devastating to the job force and creating a tremendous betrayal to those owning solar. I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please do not reduce the value of net metering. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Richard, Otto [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of renewable energy in Vermont. It's one way to keep dollars local instead of going to far away fossil fuel companies. Please support the current net metering regime. Any reduction in the net metering rates could adversely affect transition to renewables and increase the likelihood of climate catastrophe. Thank you. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Lenice, Cicchini [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 McCosker, Phebe [PUBCOM]
To combat climate change we need to move to renewable energy. We need a strong solar industry and we need a reliable partner in the PUC. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont so that solar energy can continue to grow. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Simmers, Susan [PUBCOM]
I am appalled that net met metering rates may be reduced. The effects of climate change are clear and I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat it. A strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/04/2019 Peter, Milliken [PUBCOM]
The federal government is actively hindering efforts to slow and reverse climate change. Thus any constructive role of working to save us from ourselves is largely falling to the states. More not less should be done to promote solar and other alternative energy solutions in Vermont. While this effort will cost money we cannot afford not to stay in the vanguard on this issue. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in current net metering rates. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Philips, Nancy [PUBCOM]
It is imperative that we do everything possible to combat climate change. A viable solar industry is essential to this effort. Please support the ongoing net metering program in Vermont. Reductions in the net metering rates would have a devastating effect on the conversion to renewable energy and set back Vermont’s goal to reduce carbon emissions. Filed
    12/04/2019 Simmers, Clayton [PUBCOM]
We have had solar trackers for several years and cannot be happier about producing all of our own energy. I would hope that Vermont would enable others to pursue this option by making solar as financially viable as possible. Furthermore, I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/04/2019 Wells, Robert Lynn Jr. [PUBCOM]
My family and I believe Climate Change is caused by human activity and that it constitutes the greatest threat to humankind and all that grow on this planet. While the political powers dither, Individuals and families must act. This year we have installed 2 Solar Trackers and replaced a Hybrid for an EV. We are fortunate that we could do this, but it was a significant financial stretch. The PUC must do everything possible to make such investments feasible for more Vermonters, not fewer! Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Blanton, Mary [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Net metering is one of the reasons I got a solar panel, and I feel those of us who are supplying power to the grid, should not be penalized and should receive the full value of the energy we produce. Thank. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Cochran, Nan [PUBCOM]
Climate change is the biggest crisis of our lifetime and supporting solar industry is critical to reduce the negative human impact on our fragile environment! Please continue to support the net metering program without reducing current net metering rates! Thank you! Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Elliott, Fisher [PUBCOM]
I am asking that you continue the current net metering without reduction in rates for the following reasons: (1) The climate crisis is the biggest threat to our future; (2) Support for solar energy and other renewables is essential; (3) as one of the first households to install Solaflect panels -- two of them -- we took a big risk on this unproven technology -- in part due to the possibility of recouping our investment in a timely fashion. Changing the rules midstream seems deeply unfair. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Westcott, Mark R [PUBCOM]
Doing the most to push back against Climate Change, a robust solar industry is crucial. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Gottlieb, Daniel [PUBCOM]
The PUC should be very cautious about changing net metering rules and certainly if they are changed should grandfather existing systems for at least 7 years. People invested in these systems with an assumption of some stability- changing the rules after the fact will reduce faith in government. As for changing the rate structure, if it's done it should be phased in over many years. Currently solar is a large source of employment and drastically cutting rates will kill that golden goose. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Webb, Marshall [PUBCOM]
Vermont wants to be 90% renewably powered by 2050. Solar energy is an important part of the strategy to get there. Keeping the present solar incentive results in more solar, more quickly. If we're serious about the 2050 goal, we need to keep the present rate structure. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Sylvester, Ruth [PUBCOM]
It does represent income redistribution to subsidize solar installations, BUT climate change will kill us all, taking the poor's children along with those of the rich. "Payback" time, financially, for alt-energy stuff has been greater than installer's lifetime, not even counting degradation of equipment. Acknowledged
    12/04/2019 Hunt, Paul [PUBCOM]
I am an owner of a solar tracker. I believe that we need to combat climate change. I think we need to encourage solar in Vermont. Please continue do not weaken the net metering program in Vermont. Filed
    12/03/2019 McHugo, Gregory [PUBCOM]
We MUST confront the climate crisis NOW. Our children deserve and demand it. Every action possible must be taken to encourage solar and other renewable energy sources. The incentive of net metering must remain in force in order to encourage local solar generation of electricity. The PUC should be looking at ways to DECREASE use of fossil fuel energy, rather than looking at ways to "tax" those who are generating solar electric energy. Please support net metering in Vermont (GMP). Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Nelson, Mark [PUBCOM]
I own 34 solar panels in a Community Solar Array. My primary reason for purchasing these solar panels was to do my part for combating increased carbon pollution resulting from the use of fossil fuels for electric generation. VT should be doing all that it to combat the increased use of fossil fuels. A strong solar industry is critical to that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Thank you Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Friedland, Andy [PUBCOM]
Increasing the use of solar pv is a reasonable approach to decarbonizing the electricity supply, which will help reduce/stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide . People like myself invested in household solar pv because we wanted to contribute to decarbonizing the electricity supply. I made the initial investment with the expectation that the solar adder would exist. I encourage you to continue the net metering program and maintain net metering rates where they are. Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Chester, Laurie [PUBCOM]
I find it astounding that with all the evidence of climate change and Vermont’s efforts to reduce fossil fuels, that reducing net metering rates would be under threat. This sends the wrong message to our children who need all of us to act responsibly. Solar energy needs to be encouraged, not discouraged. Filed
    12/03/2019 Ormrod, Mary Elizabeth [PUBCOM]
As a business owner, investor in community solar, parent and community leader, I ask for continued support from the PUC to retain net metering and all assistance to the generation of renewable energy. The "cost" to utility customers of investing in renewable energy and local distribution is more than recoverable given the risks of climate change. Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Cox, Millard M. [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. I am aware of what happened in Nevada and do not want those mistakes repeated here. Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Chesnut, Scott [PUBCOM]
I am a working-class citizen and definitely not in the wealthy category. I took out a long-term loan to invest in Solar so I could look my kids in the eye and tell them I am trying to do my part. Please, please, do the right thing and continue to support the net metering program with no reductions to the current net metering rates. Filed
    12/03/2019 Yeh, Pamela [PUBCOM]
A lot of organizations, yours included have ASKED us to save the earth, one way is to go with Solar Energy. We, Vermonters have ANSWERED and installed solar energy to save the earth for the next generations! I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. We very much appreciate your support. Thanks Filed
    12/03/2019 Schoville, Lorrie [PUBCOM]
I support government action to reduce the effects of climate change. We recently added a tracking array to our 4 stationary solar panels. In light of what needs doing, trying to reverse the incremental steps of these small incentives is outrageous and is counter productive. Oil & gas are still subsidized federally! For the sake of future generations: DO THE RIGHT THING. Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Schleif, Evan [PUBCOM]
Not only does this proposed change to solar net metering defy simple logic, it reeks of fossil fuel energy business tactics, is clearly biased towards the promotion of a GMP monopoly and will kill hundreds if not thousands of solar and solar affiliated jobs in the "Green" Mountain state. This would be a huge step backwards for a state that is supposedly looking energy-forward. Fact: Nevada already went through this circus and reversed the changes after it was a proven to be a job killer. Filed
    12/03/2019 Cawley, Richard A. [PUBCOM]
We are presently facing a climate crisis. The Vermont legislature passed climate goals which we are not close to achieving. Our state climate footprint has actually been increasing. Now is not the time to disincentivize any renewable energy development. Our entire economic system is constructed on cost shifting, whether government benefits or tax increment financing districts. The disadvantaged will suffer the disproportionately from climate change. All need to contribute to maximize renewables Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Lange, Peter Alan [PUBCOM]
PLEASE DO NOT reduce the efforts to promote solar energy and fair net metering rates. We struggled to invest in a solar panel with the expectation that there would be a FAIR return our investment over time. Please do not bait and switch. We want to continue to believe that Vermont will stand with the people and not the electrical companies bottom line. Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 KOREY, JANE [PUBCOM]
See attached file Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 Follensbee, Catherine Brown [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Cathy Acknowledged
    12/03/2019 LaBelle, Peter [PUBCOM]
See Attached File Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Wheeler, Barbara [PUBCOM]
I strongly support solar as an alternative energy source and I thought Vermont did also. The idea of lowering the rate of net metering is not the answer to supporting solar. The net metering should remain at its current rate and not reduced. I f it were to be reduced, jobs would be lost in the state of Vermont as the interest in going green with solar would decrease...Vermont loosing it Green State initiative.... Thank You Barbara Wheeler Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Horton, Mark [PUBCOM]
Reducing net metering credit and eliminating the annual offset negatively impacts the push toward renewable energy use in VT and across our country. This is possibly the most important issue that faces our world and our children. Setting barriers in this regard is shameful! I am a strong supporter combatting climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please support the net metering program in VT without reductions in the rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Leavitt, Daniel L [PUBCOM]
I object to the idea that for net-metering customers there would be a different rate for power consumed vs. power returned to the grid. Net metering customers use the grid as a storage battery and we should be able to get our power back at the same rate that it was stored. Consider that if net-metering was done on a KwH basis, rather than on the monetized equivalent, the whole issue of a rate difference between power consumed and power returned would be moot. Filed
    12/02/2019 Kamhi, Beth [PUBCOM]
I own a grid tied solar installation since 2014 that has our residence at net zero on an annual basis. Our ability to make this investment was due in part to federal and state credits, and the incentive of the net metering as it was. It is counter productive to reduce incentives so early in this young industry. Oil & gas are still subsidized federally. That should stop! We collectively need way more solar. Please keep Vermont a leader in essential ecologic change. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Leavitt, Daniel L [PUBCOM]
I'd like to add that these rules seem overly complicated by the notions of non-bypassable charges and net-metering credit expirations. The monetized excess KwH generation should be the sole property of the net-metering customer and the customer should be apply the credits to pay for any services, including "non-bypassable" charges. Additionally, the customer should be compensated for expiring credits. Compensation for expired credits at a wholesale rate, however, may make sense. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Bolus, Robert [PUBCOM]
I am doing my part to generate renewable electric power. I have 3 solar tracking arrays that produce electricity to light and heat my house. Please do not change the net metering program as it stands, unless it is to make it more plausible for those who consider generating solar power. My generation has reached nearly 60 Mwhr over the last four years. We need more climate concerned Vermonters to be encouraged to site solar arrays on their rooftops and in their back yards. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Barone, Paul [PUBCOM]
Vermont needs more solar generation. Why would we penalize solar investors when we should be encouraging them? I am a strong supporter of renewable energy sources, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/02/2019 Krusi, Beth [PUBCOM]
Climate change is real! A strong alternative energy industry, including solar, is critical in that effort. I urge you to make the right decision and continue to support the net metering program in Vermont. Do NOT reduce the net metering rates currently in effect. We need to do everything possible to incentivize solar and alternatives to fossil fuels. Please consider our future--move forward, not backwards to combat climate change. Time is of the essence. Thank you! Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Emerson, Kurt Whitney [PUBCOM]
See attached file Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Caspersen, Dana [PUBCOM]
I strongly support efforts to combat climate change and I believe that a robust solar industry is vital for that work. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reduction in the net metering rates. Let’s look for solutions that enable citizens, in all income-earning categories, to be able to self-generate energy, interconnect with ease, while benefiting Vermont’s people, businesses, and nature. Keep Vermont a leader in functional environmental thinking. Thank you. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Vincent, John and Carla [PUBCOM]
The UN projects that by the year 2030 global fossil fuel production will more than double what can be consumed to reverse further global warming. Growth in the fossil fuel industry has led to increases in carbon emissions of 1.6 percent in 2017, 2.7 percent in 2018, with 2019 expected to see a larger increase. Business-as-usual will not reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Please do not scale back on net metering rates; increase them to stimulate growth in the State’s renewable energy sector. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Vincent, John and Carla [PUBCOM]
The UN projects that by the year 2030 global fossil fuel production will more than double what can be consumed to reverse further global warming. Growth in the fossil fuel industry has led to increases in carbon emissions of 1.6 percent in 2017, 2.7 percent in 2018, with 2019 expected to see a larger increase. Business-as-usual will not reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Please do not scale back on net metering rates; increase them to stimulate growth in the State’s renewable energy sector. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 chapla, robert [PUBCOM]
We took out a loan to install solar a couple of years ago, hoping to combat global warming and insure a better environment for our children. We are retired and live very close to our means. Since we have gone all electric, any reduction in our solar share will put severe financial strain on us. We must protect the planet for the future! Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Haas, Frederick L. Jr. [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. I am the proud owner of a Solaflect Solar Tracker which has performed extremely well during its first year of use. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Badgley, Barbara [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Ali, Brooks [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/02/2019 Keiller, Alan [PUBCOM]
My wife recently completed a course on climate change. This added to our urgency to help solve this problem. We installed a solar tracker. We feel strongly that it is appropriate to make this major investment. Part of our decision was based on current net metering program. We feel the current net metering program is essential for Vermonters to increase solar electric production, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Please continue to support the net metering program without rate reductions. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Sparks, Ben [PUBCOM]
That any Vermonter would consider reducing support for solar and net metering stretches my comprehension. If there is one issue that we should all agree on, it is that global warming is real and needs to be addressed politically. There will be dire consequence if we do not deal with it at the federal and state level. Please do all you can to kill any attempt to reduce support for solar energy and net metering. Filed
    12/02/2019 Ogden, Maria [PUBCOM]
Please, don't deter solar power in Vermont! Think about how you will explain to your children's children that you were part of the problem, not part of the solution...Climate change is here, and we need to make changes. One of these is to create a strong solar industry so that Vermont is more energy independent. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect! Thank you for giving my comment consideration. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Kable, Jason [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/02/2019 Hadley, Vaughn [PUBCOM]
As a solar device investor and a concerned Vermonter,I think it is reprehensible to rally the citizens to invest there personal moneys to make Vt. energy independent and then to render their investment toward negative values by changing the net metering compensation. This will adversely affect the solar industry in terms of future investment and jobs in that industry. Vermont remains anti-business! Citizens unite and vote these folks out of office! Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Waterfall, Ann [PUBCOM]
We invested in a residential solar system several years ago, mostly because we are strong supporter of efforts to fight climate change. A strong solar industry is good for the economy and the planet. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/02/2019 Knott, Mark D [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. The net metering rates helps to support employment in the solar industry and helps individuals in their efforts to combat global climate change. We need strong and resilient economy and environment. Please continue to support these essential goals. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Anna, Typrowicz [PUBCOM]
I am very worried about climate change and how it will affect both my children and grandchildren. That was our primary impetus in installing a solar tracker. PLEASE continue to support the net metering program as it currently stands (without reducing the rates) to keep the solar industry strong in Vermont. It hardly needs disincentives! Filed
    12/02/2019 guy, seligman [PUBCOM]
Please continue to support net metering in Vermont. I am installing more solar systems s they can heat and cool our home. I have twp solar systems in place currently and want to have the security of knowing I can produce my power if the grid fails. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Selgman, naomi [PUBCOM]
We need net metering in Vermont now. It brings jobs to the state and these are high tech, good paying jobs. This is why we have a home in Vermont. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Peyton, Anne CPF [PUBCOM]
I have been extraordinarily proud of Vermont's leadership in solar policies. I have a solar installation and Tesla Wall 2. Lowering the rate of net metering will not support current or future solar development. The net metering should remain at its current rate and not reduced. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Rob, Anderegg J [PUBCOM]
Dear PUC, Five years ago, I had a solar tracker installed for my home. It was a financial stretch for me. I am not wealthy; but the incentives - tax credit from the federal government and net metering from my power company - made me feel like I could do it. If you diminish those incentives, you really will make it so that only rich people can have solar. The US has been subsidizing fossil fuels for a long time. We need to go SOLAR as much as possible. Please don't put roadblocks in the way! Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Norton, Thomas [PUBCOM]
Please continue the net metering program in Vermont without reducing the net metering rates currently in effect. To address the climate emergency that we face, we need to expand solar energy installations in Vermont as quickly as possible, not put up any new barriers to solar. Solar collectors work very well at my house in Thetford, producing both solar electricity and solar hot water. Please adopt policies to encourage more people to install solar all across Vermont. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Scanlan, Martin [PUBCOM]
I strongly support efforts to combat climate change, such as a robust solar industry. I urge you to continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Nickerson, Willie [PUBCOM]
Net metering is an excellent way for Vermonters to invest within Vermont. Making this investment as attractive as possible is good for Vermont, good for the solar industry, and good for reducing carbon emissions. Please continue to support the Net Metering program without reductions in the net meter rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Sigl, David H [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 McLaughry, Bruce [PUBCOM]
We need more support and help for continued solar installations not a cut back of net metering. Vermont should be proud of what has been accomplished to reduce carbon and the climate change mess. Keep net metering where it is DO NOT REDUCE this incentive. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Ramsrud, Mary [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change and preserve our beautiful state and country. A strong renewable energy industry is critical to those efforts. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. We need to do everything possible to encourage proliferation and advancement of solar and wind energy production. Filed
    12/02/2019 Faccio, Steve [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/02/2019 Tindall, Robin Hibbert [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of any effort to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. A strong solar industry requires strong net metering. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. And please continue to support the solar and renewable energy industry in general. This industry creates jobs and preserves the planet for future generations. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 dunnack, linda [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect.I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Hewitt, Jennifer [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. We recently put in solar to do our part, please don't let this be both a financial loss for us and disincentive for others considering solar. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Westcott, Bruce A [PUBCOM]
I support net metering as it now exists. I understand the concern over shifting costs to non-participants. I believe that concern does not fully anticipate the growth in distributed storage which is occurring, which renders excess power generated fully available across peak periods at all times of day. The more we can encourage installation of distributed solar generation, the more output we'll be able to store and to use when we need it. Keep the incentives as they are, please. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Oppenheimer, Jerry L [PUBCOM]
Any reduction in solar benefits should apply only to arrays installed after date of change, not to existing arrays which were installed in good faith reliance on promised benefits. Existing arrays should be grandfathered. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Andrew, Samwick [PUBCOM]
There seems to be a concern about a cost shift. If we are to address challenges associated with burning fossil fuels for energy, then there MUST be a cost shift. Those who rely on energy from fossil fuels should pay more, and those who rely on solar should pay less. A hefty carbon tax would be the natural way to implement this, but in its absence, generous subsidies to technologies that avoid fossil fuels are required. Let's do what we know is in our long-term interest and support net metering. Filed
    12/02/2019 Harley, James [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Goodell, Susan [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change - we need to do more. A strong solar industry is critical to making any progress on combatting climate change. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without ANY reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/02/2019 Lange, Cyrie Fagan [PUBCOM]
I am a retired VT teacher and am not a wealthy homeowner. I invested in solar. Please DO NOT reduce the net metering program in place in VT. I invested because over time, my significant investment would pay off and I believe we all need to do everything we can to use cleaner energy. Help keep VT at the forefront of combatting climate change . PLEASE ENCOURAGE VT SOLAR. Economics matter, and encourage investment! I am counting on strong net metering rates and on YOU! Thank you! Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Della Croce, Matthew [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in this effort. Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 McLaughry, Leah [PUBCOM]
I am a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change, and a strong solar industry is critical in that effort. Additionally, working in the real estate industry, solar benefits are widely regarded as a positive to home values and should continue to be fostered as such. We must continue to support net metering in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. Filed
    12/02/2019 parrish, penny [PUBCOM]
Please continue to support the net metering program in Vermont without reductions in the net metering rates currently in effect. I strongly support efforts to combat climate change, solar and wind are critical in that effort , thank you. Acknowledged
    12/02/2019 Lloyd, David [PUBCOM]
We recently invested in solar as a means to remove our family's dependence on fossil fuels. While we put a value on this intent, the financial impacts to our family did play a critical role in our decision making. A reduction as significant as the one proposed to net metering rates may have very well put our project out of reach. I suspect there are other potential renewable energy investors that may determine the economics don't work for them should there be less favorable net meter rates. Filed
    12/02/2019 Schlueter, Sally [PUBCOM]
Please do not decrease the net metering available for home owners who are doing the right thing for our state in being net producers of electricity for the grid. We need to continue to strengthen this source and not keep subsidizing companies over people. Please allow the residents of Vermont to keep working towards the Greening of the Green Mountain State! Acknowledged
    11/25/2019 Martin, David S [PUBCOM]
see attached Acknowledged
    11/19/2019 Wagner, Tom [PUBCOM]
To lose the ability to offset electricity usage in the winter with excess summer production at current credit rates seems counterproductive. We have a significant financial investment in our rooftop system. To reduce our credit to $.09 /kWh and allow only a monthly offset instead of an annual offset is a significant reduction. With the new ruling we would be subsidizing VEC. I believe this will prove to be a major disincentive for future solar installations. Acknowledged
    11/14/2019 Stout, Anthony T. [PUBCOM]
See attached file Acknowledged
    11/14/2019 Bradstreet, Matthew P. [PUBCOM]
I believe any change to net metering should only impact new systems. Additionally, I've financed my solar panels and rely on net metering reimbursement to pay for a solar loan. If I had known net metering rules were subject to change I would not have installed panels. Annual net metering is the only way solar energy generation works in Vermont. It's necessary to have over-generation in the summer to use credits in winter. Ending annual net metering is not responsible economically for VT. Acknowledged
    11/01/2019 Vermont Association of Planning & Development Agencies [PUBCOM]
      Campany, Lawrence Christopher [PUBCOMREP]
I am commenting on behalf of Vermont’s 11 regional planning commissions as President of the Vermont Association of Planning & Development Agencies. We provided input into the comments submitted today by Northwest Regional Planning Commission and concur with those comments. Due to storm-related power and network outages I am filing this comment by cell phone and unable to attach NWRPC’s comments here for reference. Acknowledged
    10/25/2019 Martin, David [PUBCOM]
Many homeowners joined net metering groups several years ago. Since then the PUC and others have encouraged the use of electric mini-splits for heating. As a result, the panels we purchased in the community solar farms are no longer sufficient for our needs. However Section 5.129 (C) prohibits individuals from enrolling in more than one net metering solar group. I can see no reason to exclude anyone from joining a second group if they need more panels. This provision should be deleted. Acknowledged
    10/07/2019 Town of Colchester [PUBCOM]
      Monaghan, Brian [PUBCOMREP]
See attached file. Superceded
    05/17/2019 Town of Hartford [PUBCOM]
      Martin, Geoff [PUBCOMREP]
See attached file. Filed
    05/17/2019 Green Mountain Power Corporation [PUBCOM]
      Stevens, Melissa Esq. [PUBCOMREP]
See filing in "All Other Documents" Section Filed
    05/14/2019 Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission [PUBCOM]
      Kennedy, Thomas [PUBCOMREP]
See attached file. Filed
    05/14/2019 Vermont Association of Planning & Development Agencies [PUBCOM]
      Campany, Lawrence Christopher [PUBCOMREP]
see attached file Filed
    05/10/2019 Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission [PUBCOM]
      Gish, Dee [PUBCOMREP]
See attached file Filed
    05/02/2019 Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission [PUBCOM]
      Baker, Charlie [PUBCOMREP]
Please see attached file. Acknowledged
    04/18/2019 Gill, Jock [PUBCOM]
See filing in "All Other Documents" Section Filed
    04/16/2019 Corcoran, Patrick [PUBCOM]
See attached Acknowledged
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