"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." - Dick the Butcher, Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2
Lawyers often get a very bad rap. Sometimes it is deserved. Other times, you get a few folks like this who turn the entire paradigm on its head by using their powers for good.
Here in Washington, DC lawyers from Nixon Peabody arranged for the financial benefits of a rooftop solar PV project to be wired to the accounts of some of the District's economically disadvantaged residents. Not really a Robin Hood-esque scheme, and let's be honest, it's a large law firm churning through top-dollar billable hours like nobody's business. I'd wager their holiday party costs more than the renewable energy credits it is foregoing. However, the fact they thought to do this is astounding and deserving of high praise.
According to the article, "It’s a bureaucratic Rube Goldberg machine that demands more paperwork than photosynthesis, but is workable nonetheless." Though, the ability to accomplish this should come as no surprise. Tax equity investments, renewable energy certificates (REC), and residential customers being able to buy a clean energy mix from an electricity provider are often paper exercises and financial transactions. This is just another form of those, with a different level of importance to marginalized communities.
Looks like we have to correct the Bard.