Thousands of Idahoans have invested in solar for their residences and small businesses. Any excess power that those solar panels produce is sent back out onto the power grid, as clean, renewable, free energy. When those families chose to install solar panels, they entered into an agreement with Idaho Power for a certain rate they would be paid for providing that free energy to the grid.

If the Public Utilities Commission votes to approve a recent proposal from Idaho Power, the value of those rates will decrease by half. To change that rate now throws those families’ carefully calculated investments out the window. It is unfair to punish Idahoan families for investing in their clean-energy future. Allowing existing customers to stay on the current rate system is the only fair path forward. Stand up for solar power in Idaho; ask your Public Utilities Commission to adhere to agreed-upon rates!

Emily Williams, Ketchum

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