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    EGEB: $245 million a year for wind land leases, Utilities trying to increase fixed fees to attack solar, more

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    U.S. Wind Energy Installations Surge: A New Turbine Rises Every 2.4 HoursAccording to the 2016 annual market report, wind now pays over $245 million per year in land-lease payments to local landowners, often farmers and ranchers. $245M in revenue to land owners isn’t a joke. In Massachusetts, land leases for solar power were making $1000-4000/acre per year. The renewable energy revolution will win because the people will make significant chunks of money.

    In Q1 2017, 46 utilities in 23 states and Washington D.C. attempted to increase home solar charges on all customers by at least 10%The biggest theme of the Q1 report is more attempts by utilities to increase fixed charges or minimum bills on customers. The power companies want to stick it to you. Obviously though, it’s because you want their money. You should check out this site linked to in this article to better understand the laws in your state – it’s a great, constantly updated resource. Additionally, if you have any questions on certain laws and how they might affect you personally – post a comment linking to the law, and the group will help out. Until then – watch what your local politicians are doing.

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