Republicans Calls for Penalties on Solar-Panel Owners

The Republican based Alliance of Corporations and Conservative Activists (ALEC) is mobilizing to penalize homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as “free riders” – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy.

• Documents reveal conservative group’s anti-green agenda
• Strategy to charge people who install their own solar panels
• Environmentalists accuse Alec of protecting utility firms’ profits

Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalizing individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency, which is Barack Obama’s main channel for climate action.The group sponsored at least 77 energy bills in 34 states last year.

The measures were aimed at opposing renewable energy standards, pushing through the Keystone XL pipeline project, and barring oversight on fracking, according to an analysis by the Centre for Media and Democracy.For more details check out this investigative report from the Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/alec-freerider-homeowners-assault-clean-energy

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