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Friday, December 06, 2013

ALEC's Newest Target: Freeloading Homeowners Who Install Solar Panels

ALEC, as you know, is the corporate-funded bill mill that bombards state legislatures with suggested model legislation pushing various corporate agendas.  More often than not, these model bills are dutifully passed by ALEC's prostitutes (formerly known as state legislators).

What's the common ground between Voter Suppression laws, Stand Your Ground laws and farm states' Ag Gag laws?  ALEC is the man behind the curtain.

ALEC has already tried to sabotage renewable energy development by overturning state laws that require a certain percentage of a state's energy to come from renewable sources.  But now ALEC is stepping up the viciousness by pushing for a stealth tax on homeowners who install solar energy panels.  (Conservatives have nothing against taxes; they just don't think corporations and wealthy individuals should pay them.)

In some states, homeowners are compensated by the local utility company when they install solar panels.  The homeowner gets paid a small fee for excess solar power that he/she sells back to the utility.  If you're affiliated with the fossil fuel industry, this is NOT acceptable.  ALEC wants utility companies to reduce the amount they pay to solar homeowners, or ideally to charge these freeloading homeowners for having installed solar panels in the first place.  ALEC spokesman John Eick said with a straight face:

“As it stands now, those direct generation customers are essentially freeriders on the system.” 

The director of the Energy and Policy Institute pointed out the obvious:

“They [ALEC] are trying to eliminate pro-solar policies in the states to protect utility industry profits.” 

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

That' sweat the buggy whip lobby use to say about the automobile industry.

December 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Yup, the fossil fuel industry is today's buggy whip. They can use their immense power and wealth to delay and postpone renewable energy, but ultimately renewable energy sources will prevail.

December 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Renewable energy resources? That's just another thing that = reason.

I hope reason prevails throughout.

December 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Me too. Let's hear it for reason.

December 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Oh no, I'm a free loader since we have panels on our roof. We're on net metering too so we get paid for what we give back and don't have to pay when the sun in California does what it does, shine most days. I don't know how we could be freeloaders though when we spent almost 40k to get the panels we do have. Granted, we got a nice little rebate for doing so but still not much in the scheme of things to help the environment.

December 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Nope, God never intended for anyone to get free energy from the sun.

December 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM  

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