I, ALONG with many others have received an email from Aurora advising me of the changes to the feed in tariff.
I found it interesting that the first paragraph stated, "we are writing to you regarding some upcoming changes to the rate you receive for the excess power you export to the grid from your roof-top solar system”.
My current meter readings are a total of 1045kwh and the feed in tariff is 378kwh.
How can I have excess power?
I can understand if the readings were reversed but not as they stand.
Terry Bellette, Howrah.
No extra cost
AGAIN we see Aurora Energy making misleading statements about the solar feed in tariff.
Yes, the economic regulator is an independent arbitrator of tariffs, but he makes decisions based on submissions by organisations like Aurora Energy and Tasmanian Hydro.
Please explain to me and the public, how paying 26c/kWh to solar electricity producers is going to make electricity to the non-solar user more expensive?
If I receive 26c/kWh and Aurora sell it to my next door neighbour for the same amount, there is no extra cost to anyone.
Please don’t say that this charge includes all cost associated with running the supply chain.
All electricity bills include a separate fixed energy charge irrespective of the electricity used. Solar producers pay this as well.
Aurora could give 20c/kWh to solar producers and still make a profit of 6c/kWh if it is sold on the 31 tariff.
Also, if these so-called uneconomical solar feed in tariffs would cause other users to pay more, will these people now see a reduction in their electricity charges as the 28c/kWh has been paid to solar producers since 2011.
Because the 28c/kWh has been reduced to 8c/kWh, it seems that Aurora is going to make even more money.
One of the problems is the splitting up of the old Hydro into three.
Hydro Tasmania benefits from solar production in saving water and not using their generators as often.
However, Aurora Energy pays the FIT and gets no financial compensation from Hydro Tasmania for solar produced electricity.
Jeff Jennings, Bridport.
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