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The money-grubbing monsters from Nevada are going all-in against renewable energy.
An absurd monthly fee imposed on solar customers was just voted in by the Nevada Public Utility Commission (PUC), virtually penalizing net metering (NEM) users of the renewable energy and in a sense, screwing these guys over after making the investment to go solar. Yip-dee-doo!
Such is the current state that Nevada is in right now after it turns out that consumers opting with solar energy in the state are eating up on the potential profit that NV Energy should have. And in order for the company to combat this, they were able to coerce lawmakers to make solar energy insanely expensive – in hopes of convincing people to just stay blindly on the grid and stop being so ‘hippy’.
originally posted by: eluryh22
a reply to: charlyv
We are (hopefully) closing on our first home some time this summer and although I have not started to do even my preliminary research yet, introducing solar panels is high up on the list of things we want to do.
In my area Solar City is EVERYWHERE (so automatically I had reservations).
Are you knowledgeable about photovoltaic panels? Have you done this previously? Of course I will be doing my research on the net and asking people that I know personally about their experiences but I never want to limit myself on hearing from people that know what they are talking about.
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: xuenchen
Well this is what happens when Warren Buffett buys a utility company. Rates soar, and any competition is legislated out.
Hooray for US politics.
At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally it’s a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels.
For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power they don’t need back to electric utilities. So they’ve been pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive.
An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as "freeriders" – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned.
Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency, which is Barack Obama's main channel for climate action.
Details of Alec's strategy to block clean energy development at every stage – from the individual rooftop to the White House – are revealed as the group gathers for its policy summit in Washington this week.