Rooftop Solar And Wind Turbines Affected
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Fri August 15, 2014

Murphy Sets Meeting To Discuss Impact Of New Law On Distributed Generated Electricity

Solar panels on a home.
Solar panels on a home.
Credit Brian Kusler / Flickr Creative Commons

Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy will host a meeting to discuss the implementation of SB1456, the distributed electrical energy bill approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year.

Murphy had called for inclusion of distributed generation in a notice of inquiry on wind generation approved by the commission Tuesday.

Commissioners Patrice Douglas and Bob Anthony, however, wanted to address the issues separately.

“As I said on Tuesday when the wind Notice of Inquiry was voted upon, I supported including the topic of distributed generation within that notice, since many of the same stakeholders would be interested in both and would be readily available on the same day,” Murphy said in a press release. “The OCC must plan and be prepared for filings that presumably will be made at the commission as a result of SB1456. 

The commission will hold the first of two technical conferences for the wind notice of inquiry for 10 a.m. Sept. 11. The distributed generation meeting will be held that same day at 1:30 p.m.

StateImpact Oklahoma reported that SB1456 would would allow regulated electric utilities to charge customers who generate electricity from rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines. StateImpact Oklahoma said Oklahoma’s two major electric utilities, Oklahoma Gas and Electric and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, supported the bill. The utilities say they need to charge customers who generate power with rooftop solar panels and small wind turbines because they’re using an existing electric infrastructure without paying for it.

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