Public Utility Companies Charge Illegal Taxes on Renewable Energy, A Class Action Lawsuit Alleges
In a class action lawsuit filed Monday, renewable energy groups allege that public utility companies have been improperly charging them income tax to discourage solar and other alternative kinds of electricity despite growing concern about climate change.
ACP Land LLC, et al. v. National Grid PLC, et al.
The lead plaintiffs are a number of renewable energy groups that generate solar energy that is then fed back into the grid. They seek to represent others who generate solar energy in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York, arguing that electric power utilities, notably National Grid, collect income taxes in violation of federal law.
The renewable energy groups say that they reconnect the electricity generated by their solar power projects to the grid, paying for the necessary modifications. They argue that electric power utilities, such as National Grid, must compensate renewable energy groups for the energy they generate.
Renewable energy groups allege National Grid and other utilities of obstructing the expansion of local renewable energy despite government initiatives intended to encourage growth and fight climate change.
According to the class action lawsuit, independent renewable energy generators such as the plaintiffs compete with electric utility companies such as the defendants since the utilities own interests in power generation, both renewable and conventional, through subsidiaries.
National Grid’s Last Resort?
Renewable energy groups suspect the companies to avert a “utility death spiral” by illegally taxing them and other solar energy sources, thereby increasing their costs.
According to the plaintiffs, they are exempted from such taxes under federal law, but National Grid, as well as other utility companies, are working to sabotage policies encouraging clean and green energy in order to survive.
In response to electricity generated by renewable energy groups, National Grid and other utility companies have taken self-protective measures to avoid following the path of Kodak and land-line telephone businesses, including increasing the cost of solar, wind, and other types of energy.
The plaintiffs are seeking reimbursement from National Grid and other utility companies for the illegal tax imposed. Additionally, they seek a court injunction prohibiting the practice.
Consumers are becoming more conscious of the critical role public utilities play in their daily lives in the aftermath of a terrible snowstorm in Texas and record-breaking wildfires in California.
ERCOT, the Texas utility, has been sued in a class action lawsuit alleging that it cut electricity to residents without notice during the state’s record-breaking February weather phenomenon. There is also a 1 billion worth class action filed against Griddy over high electricity bills cause of the Texas snowstorm.
Californians have filed several class action lawsuits to hold electrical companies accountable for wildfires triggered by unmaintained transmission and power lines.
Editor’s Note on National Grid Renewable Energy Taxes Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit against National Grid over allegedly imposing an illegal tax on renewable energy.
Case Name & No.: ACP Land LLC, et al. v. National Grid PLC, et al., Case No. 1:21-cv-00316
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – District of Rhode Island
Products/Services: Illegal tax on renewable energy
Allegations: National Grid, as well as other eclectic power utilities, allegedly improperly charged the plaintiffs for income tax
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