It is interesting that electricity rate hikes are being blamed, somehow, on solar energy. This can only be the result of serious mismanagement on the part of the regulators and the utilities. Any Google search will turn up very many respected, authoritative, scientifically based sources attesting that solar energy is now the cheapest source of energy on the planet.

Common sense also suggests that this is correct. The pricing of electricity is a tangle of complexities that are opaque to the average consumer. This creates openings for purposeful lies concerning energy. A bit over a year ago, the website of The Maine Energy Marketers Association still proclaimed in boldface type “heat pumps are simply not ideal for climates like Maine.” Consider the source.

Lary Shaffer
South Portland

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