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Will my bills go up? 

Credit:  Block Island Times, www.blockislandtimes.com 19 February 2011 ~~

I have a question that I would like anyone to answer.

I’m quoting the Block Island Times of about two years ago; an article entitled “BIRA studies cable, solar and wind options.”

“BIPCo does, however, pay ‘avoidable’ costs back to renewable energy customers who are tied into the island’s grid. That means that the customer receives money from the company for costs it did not have to incur, mainly fuel, for that customer.”

“At the same time, Warfel pointed out that with strict net-metering would mean other customers who do not have energy to sell back to the grid would be essentially subsidizing the renewable customers by paying for BIPCo’s fixed costs – a situation that would call for a solution.”

Here’s my question.

If the town builds a windmill that takes say a million dollars in revenues away from the BIPCo, does that mean my bill will go up to pay the BIPCo for the million dollar savings that the town obtains by making their own electricity?

Mike Delia

Whale Swamp Road

Source:  Block Island Times, www.blockislandtimes.com 19 February 2011

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