In 2012, the utility trade association Edison Electric Institute (EEI) issued a report titled “Disruptive Challenges” that laid out a grave new threat to the traditional utility business model: rooftop solar panels. The report explains that consumer-driven residential solar is a “disruption” to utilities’ long-standing business model. For almost a century, monopoly utilities have made money by building large infrastructure projects and then sending ratepayers the bill.
As the Washington Post lays out, to protect their profits, utilities and fossil fuel supporters began a “determined campaign” to stop rooftop solar competition.
Despite years of utility attacks against competition, TASC has won 98% of the battles we have been up against. TASC is successful because we help bring people to the debate.
After all, power in politics comes from two places — money and people. And people of all political persuasions want solar! Even a recent utility-backed poll found that over 80% of voters want solar customers to receive fair compensation for the power they produce, at or above retail credit.
The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is the only national group focused solely on defending and advancing strong rooftop solar policies. TASC leads advocacy efforts across the country to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to go solar.
TASC has led over 40 campaigns at the state, municipal and federal levels since our creation in 2013. TASC and its many allies have a track record of success. We won’t rest until all consumers have energy choice.