Originally Posted at GreenCarReports.com by Stephen Edelstein

Beware the idea of a “death spiral,” heralded by some as the inevitable result for electric utilities of mass adoption of renewable energy sources–particularly solar.

Under this scenario, advances in renewable energy will allow consumers to generate more of their own power. As more customers leave the network, the theory goes, companies will be forced to raise rates to cover fixed costs–like power-transmission infrastructure–forcing even more people away.

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