Why restructure an electricity monopoly state? 2 states restructured to allow retail electricity competition and consumer choice – WHAT, WHY, and HOW

Energy Freedom Colorado researches “retail restructuring” (or “deregulation”) – changing a monopoly electricity system to one that allows competition and consumer choice of electricity provider and rate plan. Residents and businesses in about 20 states enjoy some form of electricity choice. This is a summary of their initial findings. http://energyfreedomco.org/why-restructure.php WHAT are the key elements of “retail restructuring”? Applies to monopoly investor-owned utilities …

Nevada measure eliminating energy monopolies passed at ballot box by 72 percent

Nevada votes for electricity choice by 72% Nevada’s “Energy Choice Initiative” passed at the ballot box in 2016 by an astounding 72%.  The measure eliminates energy monopolies and establishes a competitive retail electricity market.  Nevada law requires that the initiative also pass in 2018.    [Comprehensive reference (ballotpedia)] The Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice has broad Stakeholder representation and is designing Nevada’s new wholesale markets and retail …

How one utility CEO stopped worrying and learned to love restructuring: The Massachusetts Electric Story

The Massachusetts Electric story, by EnergyFreedomCO.org Retail electricity restructuring – replacing a monopoly utility system with consumer choice of electricity provider – follows a different path in each state.  This account of how restructuring happened in Massachusetts, as told by a key facilitator, is particularly interesting because it was strongly supported by the CEO of one of the state’s largest monopoly utilities. …

What Some Early, High-Quality Polls Can Tell Us About The Race For The House

JUL. 20, 2018, AT 5:43 AM By Nathaniel Rakich and Dhrumil Mehta Filed under Pollapalooza FIVETHIRTYEIGHT If you’re anything like me, you get inordinately excited every time you see a tweet from @MonmouthPoll.1 Not only is Monmouth University’s polling operation one of only six pollsters with an A+ grade in FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings, but it’s also great about polling elections that otherwise don’t get much attention. This week, Monmouth released a poll …

Warmest May ever in the US, and temps 3 degrees F (1.7 C) over the 20th century average in June. 30% of states in drought. 401st consecutive month with above avg temps worldwide

By Christie Aschwanden, in Five Thirty Eight, July 19, 2018 A man cools off in the spray of a fire hydrant during a heatwave in Philadelphia this month. JESSICA KOURKOUNIS / GETTY IMAGES It’s only July, but it has already been a long, hot spring and summer. The contiguous U.S. endured the warmest May ever recorded, and in June, the average temperature was 1.7 degrees Celsius (3.0 …

Getting to 100% evaluating linear and exponential curves

Excerpt from David Roberts, July 2018 The biggest problem seems to be linear growth thinking. New better cheaper technology grows exponentially, not linearly. Yet, time after time people present plans with a certain number of GWs or GWH added per year. The utilities have had many decades of linear growth with renewable barely making a ripple. Now those ripples are …

Costa Rica is moving toward carbon neutrality faster than any other country in the world

By Umair Irfan  Jul 17, 2018 A hydroelectric dam in Cachi, Cartago, 40 kilometers west of San Jose, Costa Rica. The country is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2021. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images Costa Rica’s new president, 38-year-old former journalist Carlos Alvarado, recently announced a plan to make his country the first carbon-neutral nation in the world by 2021, the 200th anniversary of its …

Ranchers in Divide County, North Dakota, rely on the rain. Last year the rains and crops failed, and the temperature shot up, but Did It Change Minds on Climate Change?

July 17, 2018, By Meera Subramanian, Inside Climate News DIVIDE COUNTY, North Dakota — I walk in the front door of Byron Carter’s house as others are entering in the back, and Koda the dog can’t decide which way to direct her barking. I’m in Divide County, North Dakota, but borders seem a little meaningless here. Last summer’s drought, which was calamitous for …

Need for additional cooling is an enormous cost of climate change

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – More than a billion people are at risk from a lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines as global warming brings more high temperatures, a study showed on Monday. More electricity demand for fridges, fans and other appliances will add to man-made climate change unless power …

Judge: Atlantic Coast pipeline failed to assess the health impacts the project would have on minorities, as required under federal law.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, May 18, 2018 A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project that would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Now civil rights advocates are working to build their environmental justice case in hopes of further stymying the project. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images A federal court has invalidated a …