27 Feb '14, 4pm

Utility Interests Push for Protectionism in State of Washington

Utility Interests Push for Protectionism in State of Washington

In Washington, a legislative effort to undermine solar net metering is already underway. Utility interests are pushing a protectionist, anti-free market bill that would safeguard the monopolistic control of electricity generation by a handful of utilities. This is part two of a series on attacks on net metering in 2014 from the Energy & Policy Institute . Read Part One: North Carolina's Duke Energy Plans Attack on Solar and stay tuned for part three. The bill in question, Washington HB 2176 states, “If an electric utility offers a leased energy program, no other entity may offer leases to the utility’s customers.” Solar leases account for approximately 60 percent of residential systems in top solar states like California and Arizona, because they allow homeowners to install solar panels with little or no upfront capital cost. It’s a business model that’s proliferated throu...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/02...

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