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From The Guardian:

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

• Documents reveal conservative group's anti-green agenda
• Strategy to charge people who install their own solar panels
• Environmentalists accuse Alec of protecting utility firms' profits

An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as "freeriders" – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned.

Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency, which is Barack Obama's main channel for climate action.

Details of Alec's strategy to block clean energy development at every stage – from the individual rooftop to the White House – are revealed as the group gathers for its policy summit in Washington this week.

Sorry, can't post more.  Please read the entire article that has much more information and copies of documents. It's good to know their plans so we can brace for it.

Originally posted to DRo on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:10 AM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project and Climate Hawks.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:10:00 AM PST

  •  From a comment... (4+ / 0-)
    I have a few more suggestions for ALEC.
    1. Charge a fee to anyone who uses a bicycle or walks - they're not buying any fuel.
    2. Charge a fee to anyone who does not use a toll road. The infrastructure is there, but certain freeloaders are not using it.
    3. Charge a fee to anyone who collects rainwater for use in their garden. These freeloaders should be required to use tap water (from an existing infrastructure).
    4. Charge a fee to anyone who grows their own food. Again, the non-use of an infrastructure.
    There must be many more.........

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:26:18 AM PST

    •  The retail electric power market is evolving to a (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DRo, nextstep, LakeSuperior

      two bill structure. Everyone is charged a monthly flat fee for being connected to the grid and then a separate bill is sent based on how much power is actually used. The utilities have big investments in infrastructure and the local public utilities commissions have guaranteed them revenue to pay for the infrastructure and a return on those investments. If people who have solar don't contribute to the infrastructure cost then the cost of paying for it shifts from more affluent homeowners who install roof top solar to the people who can't afford it. The key is making the flat monthly access fee fair and reasonable. We have seen examples where the flat fee is nominal and others where it has been clearly used to derail roof top solar.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:46:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  When I read and hear everyday groups like this, (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Glen The Plumber

    Groups purposefully messing with voters rights, State's writing laws to affect the outcome of the ACA, it really pisses me off.  Republican's and corporations trying to destroy this Country with in your face laws and politician's foot dragging makes me wonder who our real enemies are.

    "You never shoot a mockingbird, 'cause all they do is sing." ~~To Kill a Mockingbird

    by Paddy999 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:33:27 PM PST

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