Posted by: Donna
Feelin’ too lazy to update the blog with a proper post but I did want to alert y’all to this report about ALEC and AZ’s renewable energy standard on CleanTechnica by blogger Susan Kraemer.
Tuesday morning could be key in deciding Arizona solar policy for years to come. Because of the way public utilities oversight was set up in the 19th century, the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has wound up with almost unfettered control of energy policy in the state.
On the agenda: rolling back renewable energy standards, gutting solar rebates, and even forbidding ACC from discussing declining rebates, thanks to infiltration by ALEC, the sinister nationwide shadow group which has just gained effective control over the ACC, via new member Brenda Burns, a former National Chairman of ALEC.
Definitely read the whole thing because Kraemer quotes Arizona Corporation Commission energy policy adviser Nancy LaPlaca (who is frigging brilliant) extensively about how much money ratepayers (that’s you and me) spend on fossil fuels and the hostility of the carbon based fuel industry toward solar in the sunniest state in the union. I did a search once on the phrase “government shouldn’t pick winners and losers” and a startlingly high percentage of the hits were to Big Carbon propaganda sites. They’ve been the real winners, government subsidy-wise, and they don’t want anything going to solar despite its enormous promise and popularity here in Arizona. They’ve got their obedient ALEC stooges on the Corp Comm to make sure that doesn’t happen.
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