Overpaying for Green Power
I was reading this article http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/26/overpaying-for-green today and was struck by the absurdity. I also found it to be a hidden tax to benefit the few who are able to take advantage of it.
By regulation an individual or organization gets a subsidy from their utility by producing renewable energy and sending it back to the utility. The aim is to provide incentive to build such sources. However the cost of the subsidy is spread across all customers in the form of increased rates. This amounts to taxation without going through the legislative requirements to levy a new tax. If someone knows different let me know.
As I mentioned before most people wouldn't even be able to take advantage of such a program due to capital availability, or geography, or type of property owned (condominium, apartment, shaded, wrong weather). So such programs provide a direct "special interest" payback and leave the able user of the program with free or even profitable utilities at the end with no cost with an extreme cost to those who had no option.