Despite Net Metering Veto, West Virginia’s Solar Industry Close to Collapse
Another organization that insisted Governor Tomblin veto the bill is the conservative group Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed (TUSK ). Former US Representative Barry Goldwater, Jr., of Arizona, who is the son of the 1964 Republican nominee for President, has used libertarian arguments to promote the expansion of solar in 11 politically red or purple states. Arguing that utilities “want to extinguish the independent rooftop solar market in America to protect their socialist control of how we get our electricity,” the group has used the freedom of choice argument to advance the cause of solar in states from Arizona to West Virginia . TUSK has denounced the attacks on net metering as a “profit grab” and “utility greed,” arguing that such moves fly in the face of a free market economy and the drive to boost local job growth. But those arguments may be falling on deaf ears.