Your Help is Needed Now to Defeat Solar-Unfriendly Utility
If you live in or around SolarTown’s home in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., then this message from the Mid Atlantic Solar Energy Society (MASES) will surely be important to you.
Message from the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Society (MASES)
If you love solar energy as much as I do, we need your help now to defeat a proposed electric utility merger that could adversely affect solar energy policy in DC and across the region for years to come.
What’s at stake: Good solar energy policy for DC!
Why: Because a Chicago-based, highly solar-UNFRIENDLY utility, Excelon Energy, is trying to take over control our local electric utility, PEPCO, by way or a merger.
What you can do to help save solar energy in DC and beyond:
Join the momentum that is building against the proposed Exelon-Pepco merger right when we need it most.
On Monday night, DC residents and business leaders turned out to set the record straight on why the merger would be a bad deal for the District. On Tuesday, more than 100 Maryland residents appeared at a Montgomery County hearing, demonstrating overwhelming opposition to the proposed merger.
But it’s not over yet, and the battle is far from won.
The final DC Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing on the proposed merger is on Tuesday, Jan. 20th at 6pm, and we need a huge turnout to send them a signal.
At the last hearing, citizens of the District made a clear case for rejecting Exelon’s aggressive advances. If Exelon wins, residents will be left to pick up the tab for the company’s expensive nuclear power and the astronomical decommissioning costs associated with reactors. And Exelon’s track record clearly shows they are willing to play dirty— by crippling local solar and wind power—to maximize their own profits.
The risks are simply too great. We can’t afford to gamble with DC’s reputation as a leader in renewable energy, and we can’t risk shipping control of our energy—and the jobs that go with that—halfway across the country.
Let’s keep the momentum strong. Please join us along with Power DC on Tuesday, Jan. 20th at 6pm at the University of the District of Columbia Community College Conference Room, 801 North Capitol Street, NE to tell the PSC that they need to serve residents’ interests, not corporate interests.
If you can’t attend in person, you can still make your voice heard by submitting testimony online here. Together we can keep our rates low and our energy grid on a sustainable path forward.