Like many other corporations looking to make hay out of the environmental movement, Xcel has been greenwashing with gusto. The new image comes replete with chirpy narration, crisp graphics and opaque accolades.
Remember your childhood fables? A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. These monopoly utilities disguising themselves as solar advocates are still just monopolies looking out for their bottom lines.
The Commission voted to value solar above the retail rate, and to allow solar customers to receive compensation at that rate for the power they produce. It may sound like a sweet deal for solar, but the reality is that VOSTs are a major red flag.
On Thursday, the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC), the state entity responsible for regulating utilities, voted to charge ratepayers a monthly fee of 70 cents per kilowatt of solar energy installed on their roof.
All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities.
In Georgia and Arizona -- two states that are among the most conservative bastions in the U.S. -- solar power is finding some interesting new allies in the fight against large utilities that want to put the brakes on solar development.