Google Is First Buyer of Duke Energy Solar Using Utility’s New Green Source Rider
Google has publicly called for programs similar to Duke’s Green Source rider and they are now available in 10 states, the company said in a blog post.
Utilities’ key account customers are finding “economically compelling alternatives to their traditional regulated utility’s offerings,” according to a recent report from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
That trend of large companies looking beyond their utilities for power supply has some worried about a new “death spiral” for the sector, but many power companies, like Duke, are beginning to step up with their own renewables programs.
“Within this shifting landscape, utilities are beginning to proactively respond to these new interests through a variety of new renewable energy products, programs, or projects,” SEPA notes in its report.