Dear Conservative Friends:
I’m writing you today about a critical issue facing our state.
You may have heard or seen some stories recently about the future of solar power in the State of Arizona. A group pretending to be conservative Republicans and speaking for conservative Republicans statewide have been trying to stop the Arizona Corporation Commission from reforming solar “net metering.”
Net metering is a technical term for a rule that forces utility companies to pay solar customers for excess power their solar panels produce at a higher rate than the market dictates. Another major problem is that net metering forces homeowners that don’t use rooftop solar to pay for those that do. Even worse, this benefits California solar companies, like SolarCity, by forcing you to subsidize their profits.
This is unfair.
The group, led by Barry Goldwater, Jr., is trying to convince Arizona residents that subsidizing solar companies at the expense of non-solar customers is a good idea. The real money behind this scheme are the same California solar companies that are currently under investigation by the federal government and are being sued in a class-action lawsuit in that same state.
And who are the biggest cheerleaders behind this solar net metering scam? Barack Obama and the ultra-liberal Sierra Club. That’s right. Barack Obama’s advocacy group, Organizing for America, and the Sierra Club have come out in full support of this net metering scheme.
What self-respecting “Republican” would ally himself with the likes of Obama and the Sierra Club? If you like what Obama did for healthcare you will love what these folks will do for Arizona taxpayers.
The Arizona Corporation Commission will soon decide this issue. It is critical for us as conservatives to let the all-Republican Arizona Corporation Commission know we are opposed to Barry Goldwater, Jr.’s scheme to line the pockets of corrupt California companies at the expense of Arizona ratepayers and to reform net metering now.
The real conservative position is this: if you want solar panels on your rooftop, go ahead. But don’t make your neighbor pay for it!
What Barry Goldwater, Jr. and his allies support will increase your utility rates. No doubt about it. Instead of trying to compete in the marketplace, these solar companies are looking for a handout!
Please join me today in urging the Arizona Corporation Commission to fix net metering so that it’s fair for all Arizonans!
Remember, the Arizona Corporation Commission will be voting on this issue in the next couple of weeks. Please email the five elected Republican Commissioners and tell them to stand up for fairness and oppose the Obama/Sierra Club/Goldwater scheme by reforming net metering now. I have included the Commissioner’s names and email addresses below.
Let’s make sure our voice as true conservative Republicans is made loud and clear.
Thank you for taking the time to do this. Together we can protect Arizona ratepayers and their pocketbooks from these California companies’ schemes!
Senator Russell Pearce
Contact the Arizona Corporation Commission today! Time is running out!
(email addresses follow names)
Commissioner Brenda Burns
Commissioner Bob Burns
Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith
Commissioner Gary Pierce
Chairman Bob Stump