31 Oct '14, 6pm

Texas lobbying group busted for phony anti-solar campaign

Texas lobbying group busted for phony anti-solar campaign

If you want to see just how low utility companies will stoop to try to turn public opinion against rooftop solar energy, just look to Wisconsin. There, as in other states, utility companies have been pushing to increase households’ fixed monthly energy costs, arguing that rate hikes are needed because of solar “net metering” policies. As explored in my “Nothing but Net Metering ” series, and further explained by David Roberts , the utilities contend that since they have to credit households that produce their own solar, and because those households technically still use the grid, then additional fees should be imposed on everybody to make up for what’s credited to solar. It’s hard not to see this as a cynical attempt to turn the public against policies like net metering that encourage people to install rooftop solar. How much damage is home-based solar really doing to thes...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/texas-lobbying-group-bust...

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