When someone puts a solar system in place and uses the power they avoid the utility taxes applied by many cities, counties and perhaps some states. Utility companies have to run power to the house, but no longer sell them any usage and may only collect a small usage fee for the connection. Should those with solar power or independent energy production at their home pay the same utility user tax as someone that buys it on the grid? What about fuel? I can produce bio diesel and use it in my truck, and by doing so I don't have to pay any gasoline taxes - is that fair? Then on the other side of the equation we want green energy, we also want more energy, and isn't avoiding taxes a good means to producing both green and more energy?