People were saying things like this to City Council:
"You guys are the sheriff. You need to do something because people are stealing our horses!"
(That was Harry Schulte, president of the El Paso Solar Energy Association, who has a way with words.)
"Our goal is to get back to where we were last year when we made decisions about solar and co-invested in the future of our community."Or what Mayor John Cook said:
"It's a restarting point right now."
Well, heck, how many restarting points are we going to need?
So what was decided?
Since El Paso Electric says that the problem are Texas energy rules, EPE and Norman Gordon, the City's contract attorney, drafted the following legislation to take to Austin at a date not specified:
- There would be monthly net-metering in El Paso (meaning that solar homeowners could only build up credit during one month before it is reset)
- EPE owns the RECs forever
- EPE continues to buy extra solar energy (after metering) at avoided costs
Best case scenario, a bill passes in September. To make thinks a little easier for solar homeowners in the meantime, EPE is:
- Forgiving the back-pay bills sent in March
- Back paying solar homeowners who benefited from the solar rebates and extra $.50 to $1 per watt.