Richard S. wrote:jpete wrote:So they want to charge you to generate power and you can be arrested for cutting their cord. Seems about right....
No they want to charge you for using their distribution system, this depends on what state you are in but for example in California the state mandates the distributor pay the homeowner retail for the electric they are putting back into the grid and if the homeowners has a surplus of power they pay nothing for being tied to the grid. All those costs are passed onto the regular customers.
Such a system like that is open to fraud becsue even with small amount of battery storage you could charge them overnight and then put that power back into the grid to hit your surplus.
You know me, I'm not big on government forcing anyone to do anything. I say if the power company doesn't want the generated power, it shouldn't be force to buy it.
But by the same token, if I disconnect from the grid, I don't expect to see any repercussions as in the Florida case.