South Dakota Energy Fairness Initiative
Dakota Rural Action’s Community Energy Development Committee, made up of DRA members statewide, has launched the South Dakota Energy Fairness Initiative.
The Initiative grew out of our year-long push for a net metering policy, culminating in a bill proposal in the 2013 legislative session. The bill was met with strong resistance by electricity providers and the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, despite the clear need for a better standard for distributed generation in our state.
Small electricity providers in South Dakota are not getting a fair price for the electricity they’re putting back on the grid, and this Initiative is an effort to work with all South Dakota’s energy stakeholders to find a way to ensure small-scale producers get that fair price, and that individual production receives the same treatment as centralized energy producers.
Our goals are to make it easier for people to generate their own power in South Dakota, grow opportunities for distributed generation, and to raise understanding of how to use distributed generation for individual and community benefit, with the intent of getting all energy producers a fair payback rate for the benefits they are producing.
If you are interested in joining the South Dakota Energy Fairness Initiative, contact Sabrina King at email@example.com.
INITIATIVE NEWS & ACTIONS
- Urge PUC to Draft Avoided Cost Rules November 25, 2013ACTION ALERT
Support Small Independent Renewable Energy Producers in SD
The South Dakota Public Utility Commission is requesting public comments on whether or not they should draft rules regarding “Avoided Costs” for electricity purchased by Utilities by facilities that can include small renewable energy owned by individuals.
We urge you to write the PUC and express your support for rule making today. It can be as simple as the comment below:
“I am writing in favor of the SD PUC ...
- Garretson Energy Tour October 18, 2013Heislers to Host Residential Renewable Energy Tour
Open House to Show Benefits & Uses of Local Passive and Solar Electric Systems
Jean and Michael Heisler, residents of Garretson, South Dakota are opening their home to the public for the second in a series of energy tours to be held around the state. The open house tour will be held Saturday, October 26, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm with talks by the homeowners and Dennis Williams, owner of ...
- Support Energy Fairness October 17, 2013The Community Energy Development Committee is crowdfunding – and we need your help!
We are running a fundraising campaign on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com. Crowdfunding basically allows us to run a fundraising campaign to get money for our Energy Fairness Initiative from people all over the country, but we need member support as well to get the campaign more visible on the Indiegogo.com website. Visit Campaign Page.
We need DRA members to do three things:
1. Donate to ...
- Tulare SD Energy Tour September 3, 2013Tulare Couple Hosts Solar Energy Tour
Open House to Show Benefits & Uses of Local Solar Energy
Jamie and Ann Fisk, long-time residents of Tulare, South Dakota are opening their house to the public for the first in a series of energy tours to be held around the state. The open house tour will be held Saturday, September 7, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm with a talk by Mr. Fisk at 1:30 pm.
Sponsored by Dakota Rural ...
- SD Energy Fairness Initiative August 28, 2013Dakota Rural Action Launches South Dakota Energy Fairness Initiative
Dakota Rural Action has launched the South Dakota Energy Fairness Initiative, a push for a fair price for South Dakotans producing energy for their neighbors and the state through small solar and wind installations. The South Dakota Energy Fairness Initiative comes out of the push in the 2013 legislative session to pass a statewide net metering policy.
“It’s about fairness and opening up what could be a thriving ...
IN THE NEWS
Group Says Utilities Should Pay More For Power Individuals Generate, August 29, 2013, Argus Leader
South Dakota Lagging on Solar Power Development, September 4, 2013, Madville Times