The prime minister told Parliament yesterday he’d impose a levy to spread the expense of closing a gap between costs and revenue in the country’s electricity business, which has racked up debts of 25 billion euros ($31 billion). Details may be announced as early as tomorrow after the weekly Cabinet meeting.<quoted text>
Just another illustration of the growing mountain of evidence that solar power does not work.
Spain is not alone. Arizona Power is asking the public service commission for permission to charge people who install solar panels on their roofs a fee of $100 per month to cover the cost that this burdensome and expensive nuisance imposes upon the electric power distribution system.
I would personally prefer that power companies be allowed to ban solar outright, but as long as they must humor the tree huggers then make the tree huggers pay for it. Don't socialize the cost by spreading it among sensible power customers who don't install the ugly junk.
So, it seems that Spain is simply looking for revenue, unlike the carbon tax proposals, that does nothing positive except raise reve3nues for Spain.
One answer: APS is facing its own mortality. If rooftop solar is adopted widely enough, it means a death spiral for the electric utilities. The price per kilowatt-hour for solar is plummeting. The utilities all know it, and they’re fighting back by making net-metering more expensive.
Another answer: The Arizona Corporation Commission (the state’s name for its Public Utilities Commission) is closely allied with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group generally pushing model right wing laws within states.
“There’s no reason other than ideology,” Nancy LaPlaca, an Arizona energy consultant, tells TakePart.“They just don’t like solar.” Four of the commission members are associated with ALEC. One of them is a former Chevron consultant.
It looks like the utilities in Arizona are running scared and want to impose a tax on solar to protect their investments. Is this an example of a "free market" approach?