Xcel proposes "backup power" fee for Colorado solar homes | VailDaily.com

Xcel proposes "backup power" fee for Colorado solar homes

DENVER, Colorado – Using emissions-free solar panels to power one’s home may help save the planet but having access to traditional fossil-fuel generated backup electrical power isn’t free.

Xcel Energy is proposing a rate increase for solar customers that the state’s largest power supplier said pays for providing electricity in case those homes need it.

Xcel is proposing a 2.6 cents per kilowatt hour fee based on the generating capacity of a home’s solar panels. The proposed fee would be along with actual electricity used and a $7 to $8 service fee now charged to cover meter reading and billing.

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a hearing on Xcel’s new fee on Aug. 5.

Members of the solar panel industry oppose the fee.

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