SoCal Edison wants $10 more a month from your wallet, $120 yearly. From the 880 customers between Lucerne Valley and Yucca Valley this totals $105,800 – from just this small population. Imagine what they anticipate collecting from every customer.
This $10 you won’t be able to reduce. You’ll pay whether you are a billionaire or a ten-thousandaire. No reduction for reducing usage or going solar.
SCE is lobbying Latino members of the California Legislature to add this charge to your electric bill. AB 327, introduced by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, is the newest big utility push to curb point-of-use solar power on housetops, stores, schools, government buildings and parking lot structures.
Why Latino representatives? We never heard Latinos scorned creation of local jobs and improving property values in their districts by promoting rooftop solar.
As a matter of fact, there is enthusiasm for it among the folks they represent.
Latino groups have joined other clean-energy supporters to protest the big utility attack on families that go solar. This statewide coalition campaign is fighting the targeting of the Latino caucus in Sacramento to undermine the value of installing solar panels at the point of use.
A parody video from the Sierra Club of a faux Edison pitchman nails it. Google “SoCal Edison Not Laughing.” Only one minute and 14 seconds. Pow. SCE wants it squelched, but it has gotten away.
Presente.org, part of the www.SaveRooftopSolar.com coalition, has responded by saying it refuses “to be intimidated” by the power giant and will “expand” the “fight for solar energy” along with the Sierra Club’s two-year-old My Generation Campaign (OC Weekly, Aug. 20).
“Solar Lite” is trumping big solar and big wind. Put solar panels on your housetop, you create local jobs. Want to actually reduce carbon emissions? Or your electric bill? Want to save a bunch of bucks for your church, synagogue or school?
Solar installations at the point of use have reached record numbers, but big utilities count them as a loss.
Could it be we are already approaching California requirements for renewable energy and don’t know it, since point-of-use generation is not counted into the Renewable Energy Portfolio?
Is this hurting SCE enough to add $10 to every bill? Is the $10 the truth?
They want us to pay for miles of transmission lines to carry power from huge tax-subsidized wind and solar farms in formerly unscathed desert to urban areas, areas that have plenty of acreage on rooftops to generate what is needed, now and into the future.
Engineers and creative geniuses abound at Edison. We respectfully suggest they apply their talents to developing a thriving 21st century business without destroying open lands. Why not? Satisfy the demand for Solar Lite, local jobs and a better economy. Now.