Most electricity today is generated by coal-fired power plants,operated by monopoly, state-regulated utilities. Because they've been around so long, and because coal is cheap, these plants have built-in cost advantages that no new technology can overcome without help. Federal guarantees help lower the cost of capital for technologies like solar; they help spur innovation; and they help encourage private investment.
These are all worthy goals. Over all, the American solar industry is a big success story; it now employs more people than either steel or coal, and it's a net exporter.
I live in Oregon and I need to know, can anyone tell me what is required to sell surplus power back to the utility in this state?
Smart meters being installed on homes without consent. In the middle of the Summer without notification the local electric company installed a "smart meter" on our home. We have owned the home for 8 years now and during the Summer months never paid more than $165.00-220.00 for utilities (electric and water) due to conservation and the fact that even though it is a standard split foyer home both children have moved out, one to school and the other to work.