CHICAGO Obi Melifonwu Limited Jersey , Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- About three in every four Americans support the net energy metering policies, which allow residents with wind turbines and solar panels to sell excess energy back to the grid at retail rates, according to a national poll conducted by University of Michigan (UM) researchers.
The poll, believed to be the first nationally representative public opinion poll of its kind, surveyed 841 U.S. adult residents between April 17 and May 16, and found public support for net energy metering is consistently positive.
Poll results show that 76 percent of self-identified moderates and 62 percent of self-identified conservatives support net energy metering Gareon Conley Limited Jersey , 72 percent of Americans aged 50-64 and 66 percent of those aged 65 and older support net energy metering, and 64 percent of respondents who said they don't think there is solid evidence of climate change support net energy metering.
As the number of Americans generating their own power is increasing, net energy metering has become a hotly debated topic in legislatures across the nation. In the past two years, all but two states, namely Alaska and Wyoming, have discussed how to balance the interests of their electric utilities along with a public that wants to sell excess energy to the grid.
Renewable energy advocates see the practice as a way to expand use of renewables and meet climate targets P.J. Hall Limited Jersey , but many utility companies argue that it unfairly favors solar customers.
"There are lots of rooftops, so lots of potential to generate power," said Sarah Mills, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at UM's Ford School of Public Policy. "But without net metering Kolton Miller Limited Jersey , rooftop solar makes less financial sense for homeowners. So it's an important policy tool."
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MANILA, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Friday welcomed China's proposal to synergize the Belt and Road Initiative with the bloc's development strategy to further enhance and integrate China-ASEAN economic and trade ties.
In a joint statement issued by the trade ministers from ASEAN member states and China at the end of their meeting, the ministers said that China's Belt and Road Initiative aims "at create trade, financial, and culture networks stretching from East Asia to Europe and beyond Women's Giorgio Tavecchio Jersey , focusing on key areas of industrial development, financial integration and reform, and infrastructure construction."
"In this relation, the ministers underscored the importance to ensure that the initiative is a win-win collaboration formula," the statement read.