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Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy sets meeting to discuss new solar, wind bill

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy is organizing a meeting in September to study how to implement Senate Bill 1456, which allows utilities to set up a new category of customers with rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.
by Paul Monies Published: August 14, 2014
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A new state law affecting rooftop solar and small wind turbine users will be studied in September at a meeting organized by Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy.

Participants will discuss the implementation of Senate Bill 1456, which allows regulated utilities to apply to the commission to establish a new, higher rate structure for users of distributed generation, which includes electricity generated from rooftop solar and small wind turbines.

Murphy set the meeting for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Corporation Commission in Oklahoma City.

Murphy supported the inclusion of distributed generation in a notice of inquiry on wind generation approved by the commission on Tuesday. But Commissioners Patrice Douglas and Bob Anthony wanted to keep the issues separate.

The commission scheduled the first of two technical conferences for the wind notice of inquiry for 10 a.m. Sept. 11.

“Given the (Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s) emphasized focus on efficiency and effectiveness, it is logical to include the discussions on distributed generation during the same time frame as wind development issues, as many of the same parties and similar issues are involved,” Murphy said in a news release.

SB 1456 doesn’t apply to emergency backup generators or customers who install solar panels or small wind turbines before Nov. 1, when the legislation takes effect.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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