Solar group attacks utility for stifling competition

shady-tactics_240x180By Julia Pyper | Greentech Media

The tag line of a new website targeting the major investor-owned utility American Electric Power reads: “AEP: Overcharging you for electricity so they can buy politicians to kill competition.”

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a downstream solar advocacy group whose members include SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sungevity, Sunrun, and Verengo, launched the provocative site last week to highlight what it sees as the utility’s “shady tactics” to stifle competition from the solar industry.

As proof that AEP is running a national campaign against consumer choice, the website points to recent lobbying expenditures, proposed rate increases in AEP territory, executive compensation, and the utility’s request for guaranteed income to run its coal-burning plants in Ohio.

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