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Southern Company CEO Solar Concerns Addressed by HB 657

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Special to the Journal
Today, Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning spoke at a well-attended Atlanta Press Club luncheon. During his comments, Fanning expressed concerns about lower-income ratepayers subsidizing solar for wealthier ratepayers who are able to purchase solar systems outright. Immediately after the event, Rep. Rusty Kidd (I- Milledgeville) expressed optimism that Fanning’s concerns would be addressed in House Bill 657, the Rural Georgia Economic Recovery and Solar Resource Act of 2014.
“I understand that Fanning is apprehensive about transmission costs incurred because of distributed generation issues with solar,” Rep. Kidd said. “I am eager to work with the Southern Company and their subsidiary Georgia Power to address deploying solar in a way that lowers electricity rates, creates jobs and compensates the utility for their infrastructure costs, HB 657 address all of these concerns.”
“This legislation is a conservative and balanced approach to using Georgia’s most abundant natural resource to lower rates.”
HB 657 was introduced to the Georgia General Assembly during the final weeks of the 2013 Legislative Session. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Rusty Kidd (I), Rep. Buzz Brockway (R), Rep. Tom Kirby (R), Rep. Terry Rogers (R), Rep. Gloria Frazier (D), Rep. Carol Fullerton (D). It has been assigned to the House Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications Committee for review.
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