Energy commission dials back plan to charge households to send rooftop solar power to grid

By Adam Morton Climate and environment editor Shift follows public backlash against draft declaration that critics said could unfairly penalise people who had installed solar panelsA proposal for households with rooftop solar panels to be charged for exporting electricity into the power grid at certain times has been softened, with regulators guaranteeing a “free option” under which people will not face any cost.The Australian Energy Market Commission said its final decision on changes designed to prevent “traffic jams” of electricity at sunny times in the middle of the day, would also prevent network operators placing a blanket ban on customers sending energy to the grid. Related: Australia’s

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