Advocate for solar in D.C.
Solar United Neighbors of D.C. was born in Mt. Pleasant by a group of community activists looking to go solar together. Over the past decade, we’ve stood arm-in-arm with our neighbors on the front lines of local fights for energy democracy, fair utility policies, and solar rights. Today, our army of solar supporters is continuing these fights and making an impact. Learn more about advocating for solar in D.C. and take action by joining one of our ongoing campaigns below!
Fight against residential demand charges from Pepco!
It looks like Pepco just can’t stop itself from reaching into your wallet. In December 2017, Pepco filed for a $66 million rate increase (FC 1150) that would include “residential demand charges” on your electric bill. Residential demand charges are a particularly unfair, confusing, and unpredictable rate increase because of how it is calculated and how it can impact your bill for the rest of the year. The demand charge proposed by Exelon would be based on the peak level of demand by each individual ratepayer each month averaged over the previous year. This means that if you had one specific day where your energy use spikes, it could change the rate you pay for electricity for your whole year.
We’ve seen this move in other markets where utilities are aiming to discourage ratepayers from going solar and make it harder for them to control their electric bills. They also run counter to D.C.’s policies that encourage energy efficiency and solar throughout the District by increasing your electric bill even if your energy use from the grid is reduced. And it will undermines the progressive Solar for All program, D.C.’s groundbreaking low-income solar program.
Sign our petition today to fight residential demand charges from Pepco!
Support D.C. solar legislation
The D.C. Council is considering two bills that could help expand solar access and strengthen solar rights in the District. The Solar Cooperative Association Expansion Amendment Act of 2017 (B22-0229) would prevent Homeowner Associations and other residential groups from arbitrarily restricting solar deployment in the District, while the Solar Ready Roofs and Sustainable Development Amendment Act of 2017 (B22-0437) would create new requirements to encourage rooftop solar deployment on new development and buildings undergoing “substantial” renovation.
Solar United Neighbors of D.C. testified in support of both bills at a December 2017 Council hearing, but the Council has yet to move forward on either bill. You can support solar in the District by letting the Council know that you support these solar bills!
Fight for grid reform in D.C.
Grid reform is an essential component for building a clean, equitable energy system that directs control and benefits back to local communities, with rooftop solar as the cornerstone. The D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) is engaged in a process, known as MEDSIS, to develop rules to improve electric service in the District. If done correctly, this will create a lower cost, reliable, and renewable electric grid for all District residents. We’ve followed this proceeding for over two years. Unfortunately, the PSC is dragging its feet. We need to show them the public is watching.