The ongoing effort to resolve Utah's solar tax credit conundrum came to a head this week as my proposed bill was presented at committee for a hearing. I offered a visual presentation to help make my points. Here is the slideshow:
Once my presentation was completed, the committee began to ask some very good questions on the subject. Then, the meeting was opened to public comment. The Utah Solar Energy Association opposed the bill and made their case to the committee. However, the committee was not impressed by the lack of effort made by the USEA to negotiate or offer input on the bill proposal. In my opinion, it appears the USEA believed they could simply make the bill go away by lobbying behind the scenes and ignoring discussion of the issue directly. That turned out to be a losing formula.
The committee hearing was very pointed in its discussion of the issue and disappointment in stakeholder behavior. You can hear the presentation and sharp committee rebuke here:
Of course, the Salt Lake Tribute's own Pat Bagley wasted no time caricaturing the debate:
This is my first time being featured in one of his cartoons. So, I guess this means I have "arrived". But, I do have to take issue with the way that he chose to draw me...my suit isn't that blue.
Now that the bill has passed committee, I will be reaching out to stakeholders for a final round table to see if any final adjustments can be agreed upon by industry, stakeholders, and the Legislature. From there, the bill will be presented for votes in both the House and Senate during the General Session.