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November Rewind

December 1, 2013

The November Rewind


During November the Arizona Solar Center Facebook Page was busy following the net metering debate at home and across the country. The Arizona Corporation Commission's Monthly Open Meeting focused on Net Metering. More than a thousand people showed up for the meeting in downtown Phoenix. In the end, the ACC implemented a small fee on new rooftop solar homeowners but left the net metering mechanism untouched.  See some of the news you may have missed in our November Rewind presented below.


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Compromise in Arizona Defers A Solar Power Fight

In voting to impose a modest charge on new residential solar customers, Arizona's power regulators have ended, for the moment, a bitter fight between the rooftop solar industry and the state's main electric utility.



The Dirtiest Battle in Clean Energy Heats Up

Across the U.S., utilities are squaring off against solar in what may be the dirtiest fight in clean energy. In one corner is the industry behind the electrical grid as we've known it, more or less, for a century. The challenger, still a pipsqueak in terms of market share-less than 1 percent of U.S. power-is rooftop solar.

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Exposure Taking A Toll On Arizona Utility Monopolies

The Arizona Republic exposed the company's hiring of lobbyists that had proposed corrupt tactics to sway the ACC in the monopoly's favor and funneling money to non-profits posing as national organizations whose sole purpose was to win the public relations war in Arizona..
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Arizona Utilities Cash Went to ACC Campaigns

Three Republican candidates for the board that regulates utilities benefited from contributions by two of the state's largest energy companies, although company officials said they were unaware of the donations.
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Jim Arwood

Communications Director
Arizona Solar Energy Center



November Blogs


The Arizona Solar Center's Sun Day Blog welcomes dialogue around posted topics. Your expertise and perspective are highly valued -- so if you haven't logged in and contributed, please do so.



Nov. 17:  The Decision


Nov. 10: Fair is Fair


Nov. 3: We Are Solar






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