Alabama Power tries to boost solar fees despite complaint

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. is seeking permission to raise fees on people with residential solar power systems even as it fights a complaint challenging the charges. reports the utility has filed a request with the Public Service Commission to hike the fee by more than 8 percent to $5.42 per kilowatt.

Alabama Power says the fees cover the costs of having backup power available when solar panels aren’t generating electricity. It says only 44 customers are paying the...

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