Utilities creating their own battery-powered demise

By pushing for large fixed charges utilities will end up encouraging consumers to use solar batteries to abandon the grid and them with it.

It’s been called the death spiral, by AGL staff Paul Simshauser and Tim Nelson. And what it means is that as customers install solar and undertake energy efficiency measures the utilities respond by raising rates to continue to retrieve a similar level of profit to what they’ve received in the past.

This is particularly the case with the portion of your electricity bill that pertains to poles and wires. It isn’t a part of a competitive market but has a regulated rate of return guaranteed by the government.

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