The free delivery farce in solar

How We Got Here

The evidence for small-scale is clear, but monopoly utilities purposefully ignore these facts and drag out the unending large-vs-small debate. Monopoly utilities like San Diego Gas & Electric have regurgitated the myth ad nauseum to protect shareholder profits in a threatened, 100-year-old electricity businesses model. For decades, electric utilities enjoyed protection from competition due to state law. But these laws, meant to give the monopoly access to cheap capital, didn’t anticipate the benefits of customers being able to produce power themselves. Nor do the laws address a perverse problem where the incumbent utility controls the grid access of its competitors. It’s like FedEx owning the roads, and being empowered to slap fees on deliveries from UPS and the U.S. Postal Service.

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. To reach this, we build local power to fight corporate control