Source: The New York Times
quote: but still have a grid to fall back on in case the batteries get drained
quote: I guess it also depends on where you live since during the winter months pulling from the grid is still significantly cheaper than running a generator.
quote: But what if you don't need the grid? Should you be forced to help pay for a private company's infrastructure upkeep? They're going to need that cost subsidized somehow. If it's not subsidized, then people who can't afford solar panels will pay exorbitant costs for electricity because all the grid maintenance will be wrapped up into their bills. In my opinion, it sucks for them but people who don't even use the grid shouldn't have to pay for its upkeep.
quote: Adapt your business methods to the growing technological improvements, adjust costs, and offer a more competitive product. Otherwise, their cries fall on deaf ears.
quote: Many utility companies are also regulated by State regulatory commissions which dictate that their infrastructure must be regularly updated to ensure reliability and cost effective operations. These same regulatory commissions also limit the Return on Investment utility companies can make from owning and maintaining that infrastructure. These same regulatory commissions also prevent the utility companies from creating subsidiary companies that offer customers alternative energy solutions.
quote: Putting solar panels up does get you incentives, just like buying an EV...which winds up increasing the burden on people who don't buy solar panels/EVs. So that's a very similar concern.
quote: There's no way that there's an analog there for EV owners though who think they're magically entitled to pay no road-use taxes. One doesn't buy an EV to simply store in the garage. You're going to drive your EV. On the road. And you're going to cause wear and tear on that road just like every other vehicle on the planet.
quote: Their argument is that solar customers, at some point, may stop paying for electricity, which means they also stop paying for the grid.