IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Utility Companies Are Fighting Tooth and Nail Against Rooftop Solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Panelists at Energy Finance 2016 this afternoon described how utility companies are battling frantically to stop the spread of rooftop solar.George Cavros of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said solar proponents nonetheless have attracted a broad coalition of supporters that cross traditional political lines.Cavros said a ballot initiative in Florida to protect rooftop net-metering—which allows homeowners and businesses to be less reliant on the electricity grid—includes large retailers, environmentalists, Christian groups and Tea Party activists.“The media was entranced by the fact that conservatives were supporting solar power … but conservatives come at it from the position that no one can tell me what I can do on my roof. It’s very much an anti-monopoly movement. It’s a pretty formidable coalition.”Karl Rabago, director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, said utility companies are arguing for never-ending commitments by ratepayers that leave them as captive customers.“They’re saying I installed a pole for you and you can’t stop using it.”Panelists said utility companies have responded to net metering with ballot initiatives of their own and with tainted public policy research and think-tank studies meant to spread disinformation.Thad Culler, an energy-industry lawyer with Keys Fox & Wiedman, said “this messaging has worked for regulators, but customers want something different.”He said substantial rooftop solar rights movements have taken root in 40 states since 2013, and the issue, once regional, has become national.Rabago said rooftop solar rights resonate in the “sharing economy,” in which business models like Uber, Zipcar, and AirBnB have gained huge traction.The issue, he said, “is in vital need of common-sense communication.” IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Utility Companies Are Fighting Tooth and Nail Against Rooftop Solarlast_img read more

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first_imgIn a statement, officials said “Boston Fire and Inspectional Services and Structural Engineers determined that structurally, the building would need to be taken down immediately due to safety reasons.“ North Ender, Adam Balsam, created a time-lapse of the demolition: The building was taken down on Tuesday afternoon without incident. Abutters and displaced residents were offered space at the Nazzaro Community Center until ISD and Boston Fire deemed it safe to return. *Advertisement* Demolition of 279 North Street building (Video by Joe Mendola) Residents are encouraged to call 311 should they have questions. Streets at the intersection of Fleet and North Street remain closed to vehicles. Pedestrian access is also limited, guided by tape. Officials will assess the safety situation in the coming days to reopen the street. In response to the partial collapse of the building at 279 North Street, at the corner of Fleet Street, city officials ordered the immediate demolition of the building which was executed on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 2nd. North End resident Joe Mendola captures the action on video. The take down of 279 North St is complete & abutters have been allowed back in their homes. Today’s heroes include @ISDBoston, @bostonpolice & @BostonFire & the contractor for working with neighborhood to make an extremely tricky and dangerous situation end safely. Thank them!— Maria Lanza (@NorthEndONS) July 3, 2019 Watching a building being demolished in the North End today. It was under renovation and had partially collapsed over the weekend.Thanks to @NorthEndBoston for posting about the demo – I got there just in time to take these pictures!/cc @universalhub— Adam Balsam (@balsama) July 2, 2019last_img read more