Utilities eye tariffs for solar, wind users

Residential customers of Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities could see demand charges on their bills if they install rooftop solar panels under a new tariff structure being studied at the Corporation Commission.

Staff for the commission’s public utility division held the last of four meetings Tuesday to discuss implementation of Senate Bill 1456, which went into effect in November.

The law allows regulated utilities to ask regulators to approve a new customer class — and possible charges — for users of distributed generation from rooftop solar or small wind turbines. To charge more, the utilities would have to show that distributed generation customers were being subsidized for their grid connection costs by other users.

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