Stop discouraging people from installing more solar energy production than they currently use - Austin Energy policy changes over the last two years now cause all production over current use to be lost at the end of each year. This reset is contrary to City policy to encourage and maximize distributed energy production! It actually encourages waste - why not use it if you are just going to lose it at the end of the year?
This change particularly impacted existing customers with more production than use - some had figured the credits into their financial model for PV system payback. It also impacts people who installed extra solar panels to use with future electric car charging.
Suggested options for how to let customers use their credits: * Apply towards other parts of their Austin Utilities or other CoA bills like water and resource recovery, like it used to * Donate the credits towards low income energy assistance program * Send customers a check at the end of the year for the credit amount (automatically or upon request)