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Why are utilities trying to disconnect communities of color from solar? via @grist

Why are utilities trying to disconnect communities of color from solar? via @grist

Yesterday, I wrote about how African-American politicians are being directed by the fossil fuel industry and electric utilities to reject certain solar power options for the sake of low-income, black families. The argument from those utilities is that households that produce their own solar-based electricity, through net metering , will raise electricity costs for non-solar households, and chiefly those of low-income, because the solar producers aren’t paying their fair share to take care of the grid. (Grist’s own David Roberts wrote an excellent set of explainers on this solar beef last year.) When the debate around solar net metering is presented that way, it’s not difficult to see why it could possibly become a net deficit for low-income households. This is how Edison Electric Institute , a trade association for utility shareholders, framed the issue for the National Po...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/why-are-utilities-trying-to-dis...

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