joegibbons-4The Energy Equity Alliance (EEA) filed a letter with comments to be considered during The Federal Trade Commission’s one-day workshop which will be held on June 21, 2016, at the Constitution Center in Washington, DC.

The workshop will explore “competition and consumer protection issues that may arise when consumers generate their own electric power by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels – a practice known as solar distributed generation (DG)” and will specifically discuss:
The current state of the solar power industry, and anticipated technological advancements;
Current regulatory approaches to compensating consumers for the power they generate, with a particular focus on net metering laws and regulations;
Competition among solar DG firms, between solar DG firms and regulated utilities, and between solar generation and other power generation technologies; and
Consumer protection issues, including how consumers get the information necessary to decide whether to install solar PV panels.

In its comments EEA urged the FTC to address issues related to distributed generation (DG) rate setting polices and consumer protection issues to ensure that low-income and historically underserved customers are not unfairly burdened by the rate making process or new rate design proposals that benefit wealthier segments of the public. EEA also stressed the need for regulators to protect consumers who purchase or lease solar units, from unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices.

EEA supports a diverse supply of safe and reliable electricity and electric rates that are fair and affordable for all customers. EEA is asking that regulators safeguard consumers and provide appropriate education and enforceable protection against unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices.

Read EEA’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission in full here.