Oncor Removes Barriers to Growth of Texas Solar Power

EDF statement from John Hall, Associate Vice President, Clean Energy

August 8, 2017
Catherine Ittner, (512) 691-3458, cittner@edf.org

(TEXAS – August 8, 2017) Oncor recently reached a nearly unanimous settlement on its rate case pending before the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The electric utility agreed to eliminate its proposed minimum fee for customers who install solar panels at their homes. The proposed “solar tax” would have penalized these solar customers, forcing them to continue paying higher bills regardless of how much they reduce their energy use.

“With endless sunshine and a rapidly growing population, Texas has incredible potential for solar energy and the jobs that come with it, but customers need their utility’s cooperation. Fortunately, the state’s largest utility, Oncor, has agreed to eliminate its proposed solar tax and let Texas solar grow. The Public Utility Commission should accept Oncor’s settlement, so millions of Texans can invest in clean solar power without being hit with unnecessary fees on their electric bills.”

  • John Hall, Associate Vice President, Clean Energy

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