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ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Hi All,Following is a letter I sent yesterday to Larry Weis, Juwana Gutierrez, Deborah Kimberly and Kurt Stogdill, all of whom work at Austin Energy. I also sent it to the City Manager, Mayor and all of the Councilmembers.Jeffrey T. Dwyer2...
posted on January 28th, 2014
Forum: advantages (and costs) to going Solar?
Topic: ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Hello All,A few weeks ago, I sent a letter to all of the City Council members, and I think the Mayor as well, through a link at the City of Austin website. I outlined my concerns regarding several issues with AE's solar program including t...
posted on November 17th, 2013
Forum: advantages (and costs) to going Solar?
Topic: ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Hi Langhugh,Don't you think it is fundamentally unfair for AE to clawback a portion of the solar rebate only from solar customers who generate the most electricity in proportion to what they use while having no such requirement for solar cu...
posted on September 20th, 2013
Forum: advantages (and costs) to going Solar?
Topic: ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Hello Mike Carroll,The vast majority of AE solar customers are unaffected by the solar credit issue. Most solar systems don't produce enough of the home's required energy to ever result in a credit on the bill. Your system would have to p...
posted on September 18th, 2013
Forum: advantages (and costs) to going Solar?
Topic: ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Hi Lori,Interdepartmental concerns? The electric department would not be subsidizing the trash department. The customer would still be paying for the trash pickup with revenue they generated. Credits considered liabilities on the balanc...
posted on September 18th, 2013
Forum: advantages (and costs) to going Solar?
Topic: ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Hi Langhugh,You are correct IF AND ONLY IF Austin Energy allows those solar customers who run deficits in January and possibly February to leave those bills unpaid in anticipation of future solar surplus later in the year. I am skeptical t...
posted on September 16th, 2013
Forum: advantages (and costs) to going Solar?
Topic: ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Hello All,This is my reply to a post in a related thread:Hi Hellojustice,I have surpluses nearly every month of the year except December and January. That is because I have electric heat, which uses a fair amount of energy at a time of year...
posted on September 16th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Hi Hellojustice,I have surpluses nearly every month of the year except December and January. That is because I have electric heat, which uses a fair amount of energy at a time of year when the solar production is lowest. My home is truly ...
posted on September 16th, 2013
Forum: advantages (and costs) to going Solar?
Topic: ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
At a minimum, Austin Energy should allow the surplus to carryover to future years. The Value of Solar credit will be adjusted annually to reflect market conditions. In future years, the credit could be low enough that a net-zero consumer ...
posted on August 26th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Perhaps paulsjv is referring to the fact that the Regulatory Charges on our electric bills include ERCOT transmission fees. The point I think is that there is virtually no transmission cost from his array to other customers and/or virtuall...
posted on July 30th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
1200 square feet, all electric except cooktop of dual fuel range. 2 people but with frequent guests. 8.2kW system facing SSW at almost exactly 30 degrees elevation. AC set to 74 in warm months but feels cooler because of the whole house...
posted on July 26th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
1200 square feet, all electric except cooktop of dual fuel range. 2 people but with frequent guests. 8.2kW system facing SSW at almost exactly 30 degrees elevation. AC set to 74 in warm months but feels cooler because of the whole house...
posted on July 26th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
John,I don't expect you or anyone to feel sorry for me. To be clear, the remodel of my home and installation of the solar system occurred simultaneously. Nobody at Lighthouse Solar, Circular Energy or Austin Energy Green Building could te...
posted on July 26th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Hi John,If they are going to confiscate (reset) energy credits in October, then I need to conserve my inverters for the months of August and September. I have received conflicting reports on the official date. Some say October 1 and other...
posted on July 25th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Shelley, I don't think a lawsuit is warranted because I don't think Austin Energy is legally obligated to pay for all of our kWh produced, even though that was certainly the program in place when I signed on to this.Someone at Austin Energy...
posted on July 25th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
Hello All,I remodeled my 40-year old south Austin home in 2011 and installed 8.2 kW of solar. I demolished the house down to the studs and rebuilt with all new electrical wiring, pex plumbing, spray foam insulation, LED lighting, energy ef...
posted on July 25th, 2013
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
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