Coalition Seeks To Allow Direct Contracting Between Retail Customers, Suppliers In South Carolina
A coalition of solar industry groups, conservation organizations, and clean energy advocates have included as part of a proposed clean energy agenda for South Carolina a policy of allowing for the direct contracting between end use customers and renewable energy suppliers
The groups' 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda calls for, "allowing businesses to contract directly with independent clean power providers."
Specifically, the "Corporate & Industrial Solar Action Plan" under the Agenda would:
• Allow big companies to negotiate and contract directly with renewable energy suppliers, establishing the purchase price and contract length directly with the renewable energy supplier.
• Ensure that the price and length of independent renewable energy contracts are honored by the utility monopolies, while compensating the utilities for transmitting the power.
• Credit the purchasers of independent renewable energy using wholesale power rates that are set in a fair, open, and transparent proceeding.
Supporters of the agenda include the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), SC Solar Business Alliance, Coastal Conservation League and Conservation Voters of South Carolina