It seems that once upon a time the advantages of green energy were about saving natural resources, reducing water pollution and achieving energy independence. A recent news article by Todd Elliot, of the Eunice News in Louisiana, uncovered a growing concern by the citizens of Louisiana about being charged a net metering fee of 50 while using solar energy.
Citizens are puzzled by the proposal from their district 3 commissioner, Clyde Holloway, about net metering “tacked on charges”. Area resident of Eunice, Dianne Michon stated, “They, (The Entergy Power Company of Eunice) are purchasing energy from me, why should I have to pay more for net metering?” Indeed why? Net metering, is solar power being rerouted into the grid from a solar power energy source. These meters were installed by power companies to collect excess power the solar energy user generates.
One would think these power companies would be paying the solar energy using homeowner, instead of demanding a fee for receiving excess energy. The power companies contend that the net metering fee is a recap for “recurring installation fees”, when solar power is not used by the solar power customer. Some customers using solar power energy see state and public officials levying a net metering raise as a “new tax that penalizes people who want to be responsible with their energy consumption and to the environment.”
Citizens of the gulf states of Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Texas respond favorably to green energy sources, and contend that solar power, cuts down on water pollution and air pollution from state and local power companies. The question of the integrity of having to pay levied taxes on the sensible use of sustainable green energy is still being hotly debated in the gulf state areas.
Is it right for state and local officials to punish those who use alternative energy sources, by taxation in order to make up the loss of revenue, which would have otherwise been garnered by the use of the local electricity grid? Is it right for those citizens, who can afford to utilize green energy sources when their neighbors cannot, to stay under the radar of local and state taxes for grid use? For the time being, it seems the solar panel companies are the only ones profiting from the solar panel installation in these gulf state areas, collecting about 40 percent of the non-state taxpayer’s dollars.