The Campaign Against Net Metering: Undercover video documents Xcel Energy trade association EEI “Working Directly with ALEC”

On Thursday, the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC), the state entity responsible for regulating utilities, voted to charge ratepayers a monthly fee of 70 cents per kilowatt of solar energy installed on their roof. Arizona Public Service (APS) had proposed charging customers who install rooftop solar panels an additional $50-100 on their monthly bills.

APS appears to be leading the first assault of a national campaign by the utility industry trade association, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and fossil fuel interests like APS, to weaken net metering policies. This year, ALEC failed to eliminate Renewable Portfolio Standards in 16 states across the country, and now, this new attack on clean energy policies could benefit members of ALEC who have an interest in coal and other fossil fuels. In the latest attempt to rollback pro-clean energy policies, fossil fuel and utility interests operating through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are proposing new model legislation to slow the rise of the clean energy industry by weakening net metering policies. ALEC released the new model language on their website prior to the group’s “States and Nation Policy Summit” scheduled for early December. If passed, the “Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution” would be sent to nearly 2,000 state legislator members of ALEC around the country…

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Under Cover Video Documenting the Close Ties Between EEI and ALEC

Source:  Below are Xcel Energy’s known contributions to its trade association, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

  • 2012 – Edison Electric Institute $343,864   (view)
  • 2011 – Edison Electric Institute $382,460   (view)
  • 2010 – Edison Electric Institute – unknown
  • 2009 – Edison Electric Institute – unknown
  • 2008 – Edison Electric Institute $246,701   (view)
  • 2007 – Edison Electric Institute $700,296   (view)
  • Edison Electric Institute,[6] Exhibitor at ALEC’s 2011 Annual Conference,[2] and sponsor of the ALEC 2012 States & Nation Policy Summit in Washington, DC.[13]
    Source:  Annual ALEC membership is listed at $7,000 to $25,000 per year with additional contributions required for task force memberships, conference exhibitors, sponsorships and scholarships