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Sun Dec 8, 2013, 05:28 PM

2. Still trying to greenwash the behavior of the megaCorps, eh?

In one breath you promote their false claims about the renewable competition, in the next you pretend you give a shit about the people their cost shifting behavior is putting the burden on.
The good news is that no matter what you or the mega-corporations say or do, the renewable tide is coming in to give control of and profits from energy back to the people.

"From the utility's perspective, the challenge with distributed generation is that the utility doesn't own the generating assets and the distributed power takes stress off the existing infrastructure. Since utilities generate profits from having more assets to generate a return on, that poses a problem. Depending on how a utility is regulated, the problem can be enormous."



1 Industry Terrified of Solar Power
By Travis Hoium
December 7, 2013

For decades, the utility monopoly in the U.S. has been an investor's dream. Companies could generate a guaranteed return on assets, protecting profits year after year with little fear of competition.

But the solar industry has suddenly thrown a wrench in that model. The centralized power model is predicated on having the utility own, or buy, power and then distributing it to customers. Solar allows customers to be the generators and even to sell power to the utility, which is known as distributed solar.

This is an incredibly disruptive model, and now that solar energy is cost-efficient for homeowners, it's spreading across the country like wildfire. SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY ) and SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR ) have made $0 down solar leases possible, and solar loans are available for homeowners as well. As costs fall, the solar industry becomes more and more attractive to homeowners, which puts utilities in a terrifying position.

Distributed generation changes everything
From the utility's perspective, the challenge with distributed generation is that the utility doesn't own the generating assets and the distributed power takes stress off the existing infrastructure. Since utilities generate profits from having more assets to generate a return on, that poses a problem. Depending on how a utility is regulated, the problem can be enormous.

Utilities that are...

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/12/07/1-industry-terrified-of-solar-power.aspx

That's certainly a strong motivation for the utilities and owners of nuclear assets to lie about the situation, isn't it?

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