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View Diary: Koch, ALEC and giant utility company about to derail Arizona's private solar industry (184 comments)

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  •  The theory, going back more than 100 years (9+ / 0-)

    is that electric power utilities would be regulated because the infrastructure cost was so great, and in the days of phone polls so intrusive, that each region should be a monopoly. In return for the monopoly the utility would raise the capital, install the infrastructure and provide reliable power. The public utilities commissions would then regulate rates and keep the rate of return within a legislated range. That's the current model and was never been intended to be a free market. Distributed power, micro grids, and storage are all causing friction in that model. The resolution will be cumbersome.

    There are a surprising number of cities who have a captive power company and supply electricty to their residents. I believe the City of Los Angeles is the largest.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 12:06:29 PM PST

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