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Clean Energy Supporters Descend on Edison Headquarters Protesting Utility Lobby’s Attacks on Rooftop Solar

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Protest comes on heels of SoCal Edison demanding removal of video exposing utility lobby’s efforts to squelch growth of statewide solar panel initiatives
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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Refugio Mata, refugio.mata@sierraclub.org or (805) 428-4075
Trevor Fitzgibbon, trevor@fitzgibbonmedia.com or (202) 406-0646

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES - A coalition of clean energy supporters – including Presente.org, the Sierra Club, and ChiCCCAA - rallied outside Southern California Edison’s headquarters in Rosemead. They protested the big utility lobby’s attacks on California families that install solar panels on their homes. The protest comes on the heels of the www.SaveRooftopSolar.com online petition recently launched featuring a video that Southern California Edison is demanding to be removed from YouTube.

Photos and video of the protest can be found here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHEyxoJ

“Edison is not going to succeed in intimidating us. We can’t allow the big utility lobby to think that they can get away with imposing their political influence on the rest of us” said Miguel Perla, a Presente.org spokesperson. “We know that Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, and San Diego Gas & Electric are heavily lobbying our representatives in the state legislature to block the growth of solar panel initiatives.”

The protest is part of a statewide coalition campaign to push back against the big utilities’ lobby targeting the Latino caucus in Sacramento to undermine the economic value of installing solar panels on homes. The protest included a flyover sign above Edison’s headquarters in Rosemead that read “Edison Attacks Solar – SaveRooftopSolar.com.”  

“Edison can’t claim to be a leader in the use of green and renewable energy if they are opposing California’s expanding rooftop solar economy” said Allen Hernandez, Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club’s My Generation clean energy campaign. “The latest measure being considered in the legislature is just the latest example in a long string of attacks on rooftop solar from the utility lobby. Enough is enough.”

AB 327, the current legislation introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea in the California state legislature represents the latest effort by the big utility lobby to curve the growth of rooftop solar. It would add significant fixed charges to energy bills for users in Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric territories. These fixed charges would amount to $10 a month, or $120 annually, and could not be avoided by conserving energy or using rooftop solar energy.

California is the nation’s leading solar market, making the state the bellwether for the future of the nation’s renewable energy expansion.

“We are calling on our elected representatives to stand up for what’s right. Solar panel initiatives can bring savings to communities that need them the most – families that increasingly find themselves struggling to make ends meet.” continued Perla

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