This particular article is from America, but the same process and tactics have been, and still are, being employed around the globe, and that very much includes Europe.
From my early days in Solar, in 2007, we've been battling the utility companies in many ways, from grid connections, to policy changes from huge utility and fossil fuel lobbying. This is happening in energy storage too. The most interesting part in this article is how deception some of the lobbying can be. The Trojan Horse example here, a campaign that appeared pro-solar, but was definitely not.
I've always used the Ghandi mantra...
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Viva the clean energy transition.
If you work to secure Americans’ rights to solar energy or to accelerate the deployment of inexpensive renewable energy, you understand that not everyone is in favor. In particular, incumbent electric utilities tend to oppose competition in their (often monopoly) share of the electricity market. Where competition exists, it is plagued by unfairness. Below, we share three resources from one remarkable organization — the Energy and Policy Institute — to help advocates, regulators, and legislators understand the advantages of incumbent utilities and the ways they use their market and political power to undermine fair competition.