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Measure to slash the pay for solar panel users delayed

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The state Public Service Commission deferred a vote Wednesday on a change to the energy metering rule. Under that rule people with solar panels could basically sell their excess power back to the energy company.

Commissioner Clyde Holloway, who sponsored the change, pulled the measure when he could not get enough support. "The lies that are out there and the false statements," says Holloway. "That were doing away with the net metering is not true."

Holloway's proposal would not get rid of net metering, but it would cut the amount homeowners would get by 75 percent. Homeowners who invested with solar panels were not happy with the proposed change. "It is said that we are subsidized," Diedre Broussard said. "I have a system it does off set some costs but I still have a pretty good utility bill and I pay for what I used."

Industry leaders are also angry. "1,000 paying jobs, full time jobs, mostly technical oriented skilled electrical skilled labor," Tucker Crawford said. "Millions invested by companies, individuals who started their companies who mortgaged their homes. I'm one of them."

Crawford said he wished the commission had voted it down to let homeowners know the incentives will be around for a while. He says that hurts business.

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