Solar backers speak against power company's rate change plan

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah regulators are weighing a proposed rate change for people with home solar panels, one that power company officials argue they need to maintain the grid but solar advocates say would cause bills to skyrocket.

Dozens of people lined up Wednesday to speak to state regulators considering the Rocky Mountain Power plan. It affects people who push extra power back into the grid when it's sunny and draw from it when they're not making enough.

The Deseret News reports ( company spokesman Jon Cox says those customers don't pay their fair share.

Solar proponents, though, say the power company's plan would deal a blow to the burgeoning industry by making solar unworkable for the middle class.

The Utah Public Service Commission is set to continue hearings next week.

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