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Utility Interests Push Protectionism in the State of Washington

By Gabe Elsner

This is Part Two of a series on attacks on net metering in 2014 from the Energy & Policy Institute. Read Part One: North Carolina’s Duke Energy Plans Attack on Solar and Part Three: Utility-Backed Anti-Solar Bill On the Move in Kansas Statehouse.

In Washington, a legislative effort to undermine solar net metering is already underway. Utility interests are pushing a protectionist, anti-free market bill that would safeguard the monopolistic control of electricity generation by a handful of utilities.

The bill in question, Washington HB 2176 states, “If an electric utility offers a leased energy …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green