Monday, March 10, 2014

News: The Fight Against Solar Taxes Comes To Louisiana

Conservative Solar Group Fights Entergy’s Assault On Energy Choice And Energy Independence. Again.

(NEW ORLEANS) It’s Groundhog Day in Baton Rouge. The utility monopoly Entergy is lobbying for a solar tax on the people of Louisiana, despite having done so last year and failing. Hundreds of Louisianans spoke out against the motion last year, and the push back this year is shaping up to be even stronger. Entergy is seeking to end net metering, a policy that ensures rooftop solar customers receive full, fair credit for the excess power they send back to the grid. Net metering is in place in 43 states. Many utility monopolies across the country are trying to derail this practice because it gives customers energy choice and savings.

The five-member Louisiana Public Service Commission will decide the fate of net metering Wednesday, March 12, and the loudest voice against net metering is Entergy. That’s because as more people utilize rooftop solar, utility companies such as Entergy will be forced to compete in a free market. A recent poll completed by pollster Ed Chervenak shows that 84% of Louisianans approve of net metering and believe the successful policy should continue.

TUSK (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed) was formed because conservatives believe energy choice, like school choice and health care choice, should determine America’s energy future. TUSK successfully fought off Arizona Public Service’s (APS) attempts to impose a $50-$100 a month tax on rooftop solar customers. Those attempts included channeling dark money through shady front groups and lying to the public. APS tried to hide its ties to these groups, but their efforts were later exposed.

Sadly, other utility companies failed to learn from APS’ defeat. That’s why TUSK is expanding from its roots in Arizona into states such as Kansas and Louisiana to fight utility monopolies more concerned with profits than a free and fair residential electric market.

TUSK was formed to stand up for energy choice and solar savings, and our mission has gone national. TUSK’s Co-Chairman is former U.S. Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr. Goldwater, who like his father, has for decades stood for conservative values and free markets. He also pioneered congressional research into solar technology when he served as a member of the United States Congress.

Regarding Wednesday’s vote, Goldwater stated, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” 

To learn more about T.U.S.K. visit

T.U.S.K. believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressive cost reduction.  The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence means smaller profits for the utilities, so Entergy is doing everything it can to stop the spread of independent solar.