WASHINGTON — Senate energy leaders Angus King (I-Maine) and Harry Reid (D-Nevada) filed an amendment to the Senate energy bill to give states the authority to assess the benefits that solar choice provides and to prohibit monopoly utilities from retroactively penalizing customers who invest in solar.

In response, Evan Dube, Director of Public Policy for Sunrun, and spokesperson for The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), issued the following statement:

“We applaud Senators King and Reid for introducing legislation that protects consumer choice and free market competition.

“The King-Reid legislation stands in stark contrast to Arizona Senator Flake’s amendment that seeks to weaken states’ and consumers’ rights. Senator Flake’s legislation is a blatant attempt to impose more regulations that benefit Arizona Public Service and other state-sponsored monopolies to the detriment of homeowners. The utility trade lobby, the Edison Electric Institute, wants to eliminate all forms of energy competition, and Senator Flake is doing their bidding. Fortunately, consumers have powerful advocates in Senators King and Reid.

“We urge the Senate to adopt the King-Reid free market amendment and to reject Senator Flake’s anti-competitive scheme.”

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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