TEP is due to review its energy plan for the next few years, which presents it with the opportunity to drop at least a large
A national look at the consumer protection issues raised by the rapidly growing use of rooftop solar panels just happened, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened a Workshop on this and other solar energy related issues in Washington DC on June 21st.
Solar power is growing faster than ever in the United States. The price of solar panels has dropped dramatically, by more than 70 percent over the past decade.
The railroads got away from the electric utilities, and they won't be corralled now. But there is a powerful environmental
But here's why it's not happening.
This begs an important question: who owns the sun, and why do some utilities think they do? And those monopoly energy companies
Utilities don't mind that solar is renewable, zero carbon, and enjoys free fuel -- as long as they own it. But solar is also modular and decentralized, which they hate. They don't want to compete with their own customers.
Even though roof-top solar is still up to three times more expensive than large-scale solar installations, it is favored by Wall Street because it generates billions in profits. These investors have figured out how to win taxpayer subsidies and game the utility pricing system.
Developers need to appreciate the unique role the utilities play with consumers and the utilities need to develop business cultures which see their customers as their partners and not their adversaries, and don't see new sources of power production as a threat. The faster we help this happen, the faster residential solar will grow.
The electric utility is at a crossroads. Facing flat electricity demand and a sudden insurgent campaign from rooftop solar, the large, centralized utility company is entering a new era. The smarter utilities are moving with the tide rather than fighting it.