By John Farrell
Originally published on CleanTechnica
It’s open season on the duck, as utilities point to the notorious duck chart as evidence that renewable energy development should be stopped on technical grounds. But according to John Farrell, the real utility problem is that energy demand displaced by solar represents lost market share for utilities as their customers switch to sunshine.
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