Why Utility Execs Hate Distributed Solar

Date: 21 Feb 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The installation rate for distributed solar is growing nearly every quarter. These projects are cost effective and move from proposal to power source very quickly. Plus, locally-owned solar distributes the benefits of the clean energy transition through local economies.

The many benefits of local ownership are precisely why utility companies oppose it. They prefer to build their own generation and distribution infrastructure, no matter the cost, because they are guaranteed to earn a certain return on their investments.

John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative, and Timothy Denherder-Thomas, General Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures, discuss utility attacks on distributed, locally-owned solar in the video below. Each presenter recognizes that the clean energy transition will require both utility-scale and distributed generation; they make the case for maximizing local solar to maximize local benefits. This was originally presented to the Just Solar Coalition on February 6, 2024.

Watch the thirty minute presentation:

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Maria McCoy is a Researcher with the Energy Democracy Initiative. In this role, she contributes to blog posts, podcasts, video content, and interactive features.