Senate approves bill criticized for impact on rooftop solar

The Associated Press

Legislators have approved a bill that critics say would negatively affect Utah's rooftop solar industry and increase electricity bills.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Legislators have approved a bill that critics say would negatively affect Utah's rooftop solar industry and increase electricity bills.

The legislation passed through the Utah Senate Friday and now goes to the House for a vote.

Under the bill sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, Rocky Mountain Power would be able to use $10 million from customers to fund charging stations for electric cars and clean energy programs. It would also eliminate a solar-power incentive program for customers and allow the utility to recoup 100 percent of the cost of buying power.

Opponents say the bill allows Rocky Mountain Power to set utility rates without approval from the Public Service Commission.

But Adams says the legislation is meant to effectively direct funds into clean energy.

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