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New Year’s Resolutions for Electric Utilities, Happy 2017!

| Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-electric-utility-resolutions/

The turn of the year is a perfect time for monopoly electric utilities nationwide to reflect on their substandard policies and embrace changes that will bring cleaner, more affordable energy to their customers. By finally committing to truly support distributed generation and renewables, these utilities can ensure their customers will have the choice and freedom they deserve in an evolving energy economy.

In 2017, fair-minded and forward-thinking monopoly electric utility CEOs will resolve…

…to not impose fixed fees that undermine the value of customer-owned renewable generation.

…to not stop customers from installing solar.

…to encourage engagement among member-owners if the utility is a cooperative.

…to be honest with my customers about the proven benefits of distributed solar power.

…to recognize that the traditional utility business model is outdated, and to find new ways to support customer choice.

…to maximize demand response and energy efficiency before building out new capacity.

…to support inclusive financing to allow universal access to efficiency upgrades and on-site renewables.

…to support local jobs by encouraging renewable energy and energy efficiency installations.

…to seek new business models that align my financial interest with that of utility customers.

…to focus more on the benefits for utility customers, rather than the profits of utility shareholders.

Share the infographic below, or the individual resolutions above, to tell electric utilities that valuing renewable energy is good for their customers, good for their business, and good for the United States’ grid.

Created by Nick Stumo-Langer

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