Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners in assault on clean energy

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This is the most outrageous thing I've heard in a very long time.

An alliance of corporations referred to as ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is attempting to pass legislation that will penalize home owners who install their own solar panels, calling them "freeriders" of the system.

They are even looking at charging those who feed energy back into the system!

Further details of Alec's strategy were provided by John Eick, the legislative analyst for Alec's energy, environment and agriculture program.

Eick told the Guardian the group would be looking closely in the coming year at how individual homeowners with solar panels are compensated for feeding surplus electricity back into the grid.


"This is an issue we are going to be exploring," Eick said. He said Alec wanted to lower the rate electricity companies pay homeowners for direct power generation – and maybe even charge homeowners for feeding power into the grid.

"As it stands now, those direct generation customers are essentially freeriders on the system. They are not paying for the infrastructure they are using. In effect, all the other non direct generation customers are being penalised," he said.

Eick dismissed the suggestion that individuals who buy and install home-based solar panels had made such investments. "How are they going to get that electricity from their solar panel to somebody else's house?" he said. "They should be paying to distribute the surplus electricity."
In November, Arizona became the first state to charge customers for installing solar panels. The fee, which works out to about $5 a month for the average homeowner, was far lower than that sought by the main electricity company, which was seeking to add up to $100 a month to customers' bills. 
Essentially they are seeing more and more Americans going "off the grid" by using solar energy and this is taking money out of their pockets. And, well, they are pissed. So they've decided to try to tax our sunlight.

Corporate Greed. SMH


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