Former Defense Secretary Gates' New Book "Duty" Goes On Sale

Conservative republicans are not known for favoring renewable energy, but some of them are speaking out against plans to charge customers for putting solar panels on their houses. Utilities argue that as more people generate their own electricity – often with solar – utilities have less money to maintain power grid reliability. This issue is shaping up to be one of the major renewable energy battles of 2014.

Barry Goldwater Jr. and other advocates are calling the additional fees proposed by some utilities a “solar tax” and taking to the airwaves to spread their views.

“Utilities are working off of a business plan that’s 100 years old, kind of like the typewriter and the bookstore.” – Barry Goldwater Jr. as reported by the New York Times