We need a sunrise, not sunset, for energy choice in Arizona
Tuesday, Apr 23 2013
Arizona Capitol Times, op-ed by Barry Goldwater Jr.
Recently I spoke out in support of a critical effort underway in Arizona: keeping the state’s rooftop solar industry alive. Like school choice and health care choice, solar choice should be a core part of the Arizona agenda, and my party’s message. Unfortunately, utility monopolies in Arizona are trying to limit solar energy choice because more energy independence for Arizonans means smaller utility profits.
The more people that go solar, the less power they need to buy from utilities.
Fearing an inevitable change to their monopoly status, utilities are trying to kill net metering, a successful policy in 43 states that gives property owners fair credit for the solar they put on the grid.