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Re: E-M:/ NET METERING CASE: please explain in plain English ...



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Enviro-Mich message from "Chuck Cubbage" <charles.cubbage@comcast.net>
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Lowell,
Just think about the GM management mindset and transfer it to the utility industry :>) at least in part. Tom Stanton would be your best source to explain. I don't know the details of where things stand now, because there are changes since I last was involved with MDA and the poultry industry. In the late 1990s Consumers and DTE convinced the MPSC that they needed a rule that would allow them to charge a customer up to 50% of the "usual" billing fee just for the privilege of having industry "standby" service. The poultry industry would long ago have gone to manure burning to produce up to 80+ % of their annual energy needs by burning manure, except the cost of paying the industry another 50% on top of that was just too high a hurdle to get past on the capitol outlay side, etc. I do not know what the status is at this point, but the dumbness of it all was no smarter back then than it is now as you point out. There may well be other factors, too.
Regards,
Chuck


----- Original Message ----- From: "Lowell Prag" <lprag@mail.msen.com>
To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2008 6:22 PM
Subject: E-M:/ NET METERING CASE: please explain in plain English ...



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Enviro-Mich message from "Lowell Prag" <lprag@mail.msen.com>
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Can anyone please explain in plain English, this case before
the Michigan Public Service Commission regarding net metering:

http://efile.mpsc.cis.state.mi.us/efile/docs/15316/0025.pdf

I do not understand the utility companies complaint.

It seems to me that paying a sufficient price for net metered energy, to
induce consumers to feed energy into the grid, rather than the contrary,
would be in the interest of the utility companies, as they would receive
the energy with no increased costs, as the consumer is paying for the
equipment to generate the energy which also decreases the utility
companies own expenses in not having to build more power plants.

Regards,

Lowell Prag



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