Monday, April 16, 2018

Constituent Calls Saved Solar Energy in Kentucky

You think those motherfuckers voted against the most richest and most powerful utilities in the state out of the kindness of their hearts?

No, they voted that way because activist groups like Kentuckians for the Commonwealth mobilized members and others to call their legislators and demand they reject this bill.  I tried to call; the message line was busy non-stop.

Pressure on legislators and elected officials - whether by phone calls or in-person protests - works.  Don't let anybody tell you it doesn't.

From U.S. News:

Kentucky lawmakers have killed a proposal that would have let utility companies pay less for the energy they purchase from solar customers.
 People with solar panels on their homes generate their own electricity. Sometimes they don't generate enough, so they buy power from the utility company. Sometimes they generate too much, and they sell power to the utility company.
Utility companies are required to buy the power at the same rate they sold it. House bill 227 would have let power companies pay less for the excess energy. Supporters said the bill would make the process fair. Opponents said the bill would kill the fledgling solar power industry in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Senate sent the bill back to committee on the final day of the legislative session.

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