WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2017 - Oncor Electric Delivery Co., the largest transmission and distribution electric utility in Texas, has withdrawn a proposal to institute a solar rate that would have imposed a minimum bill on residential customers who generate solar power. The Public Utilities Commission of Texas accepted the withdrawal. Sean Gallagher is the vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “The original proposal would have instituted a permanent minimum bill for residential customers based on their electricity usage prior to installing a solar system. No amount of solar generation or energy efficiency could have reduced that charge,” Gallagher said in a statement. “We support the unanimous settlement … as it will allow current and future solar customers the freedom to choose their energy source without fear of financial penalty. Regardless of how they are labeled, minimum bills based on historic usage without prior warning are unfair to any customer and have no relation to cost-based rates.”
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