Energy Wise Program unfair

This letter is a response to Ray Mierta’s letter to the Forum, “Energy Wise

program has helped many customers,” July 7, defending the benefits of the

Energy Wise program, specifically for solar water heating. Ray seems to be

proud of the efforts of the program and admits they have limited the number of

systems to 60 per year while thousands are installed on the other


Sure they pay the largest rebates to a few people, as much as

$10,000 one person and $4,000 to one other while most people get nothing. But

that’s not considered very wise to me, nor fair. Every ratepayer pays for this

program and should benefit from it if they want to. The biggest problem,

however, is that Kaua’i Electric fixes the price that contractors may charge

for a system. He doesn’t mention this in his article, that’s why so few of the

800 people who qualify have not been able to get one. Typically the price is

fixed far too low to have a system installed.

The Energy Wise program for

solar water heater needs to be changed so it’s fair for all ratepayers. I have

asked the P.U.C. to investigate their unfair practices. I hope they act


Paul Lucas



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