Supporting the public interest means major changes at the PUC, removing the license of these monopolies to run roughshod over our environment

The problem is that public regulators too often see themselves as judges deciding between the private interest of utilities and public interest of advocate organizations, forgetting that their charge is instead to represent and defend the public interest, period.  “They’re supposed to be regulating on behalf of the public. What’s really been sacrificed here in New Mexico is the common good,” …

Check landmark clean energy bills for massive handouts to incumbent monopoly electric utilities. In New Mexico, this includes promises that the utility may own all new power plants (despite a hefty cost premium) and that it be allowed to recover costs on retiring dirty power plants without oversight from public regulators

We have heard that the NM bill is not a “clean” RPS or securitization bill.  See below for New Energy Economy Initial Analysis and Recommended Next Steps and/or listen to the podcast (Mar 2019) by John Farrell and Mariel Nanasi of New Energy Economy warning of the dangers lurking in these landmark clean energy bills––massive handouts to incumbent monopoly electric utilities. In New …

Sen. Warren’s proposal would designate large digital platforms as platform utilities. It would require large tech companies to choose between maintaining ownership of a platform utility and being a participant or competitor on that same platform

If we’re going to restore competition and protect the free exchange of goods and ideas, then we cannot allow Amazon and other big tech companies to continue to use their control of this infrastructure to privilege their own goods and services at the expense of their competitors. In response to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google, the …

A new anti-monopoly movement is happening. Warren is coming out swinging at the right targets

Elizabeth Warren Praised for Plan to Break Up Tech Giants, Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, March 08, 2019 “A new anti-monopoly movement is happening, and Warren is coming out swinging at the right targets!” says Zephyr Teachout 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote Friday that big technology companies like Amazon have been allowed to accrue too much power—and she’s got …

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy – or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It’s time for something new.  Market-focused policies have constrained the roll-out of renewables and other climate friendly solutions – which are restricted according to their ability to generate profit for private interests. And they have resulted in growing energy poverty. The missing link is energy democracy. Energy …

Seven CCAs that already account for 44% of PG&E’s retail electricity customers say they should take over and deliver renewable electricity

As PG&E Goes Up In Flames, Renewable Energy Steps In, by Tina Casey in Clean Technica, February 22nd, 2019  Wow, community choice aggregation sure is getting ambitious. CCA is an arrangement that entitles  of ratepayers to band together and demand more renewable energy from their local utility company. Now a group of seven CCAs in California is skipping over the demand part and …

North Carolina groups call for end to utility monopoly, 100% renewable energy

North Carolina groups call for end to utility monopoly, 100% renewable energy: Their petition calls on elected officials to transition the state to 100% renewables; end Duke Energy’s monopoly on generation; refuse to accept campaign contributions from the utility; and appoint citizen-oriented utility commissioners. PV.com, WILLIAM DRISCOLL, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 Jamie Goodman, Appalachian Voices Fifteen organizations aim to transition North Carolina to …

What cities and the executive branch should be doing to get to good, fair internet access for everyone. Book review: Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It.

What cities should be doing? We celebrate Chattanooga and Lafayette and Wilson…so many of these cities that are heroes now have depended on their existing municipal electric utilities as a first step towards breeding fiber, but there are only a few thousand cities in the United States that have a municipal electric facility available, so there has to be a broader …

Socio-politico-economic genesis of climate breakdown is Late Capitalism, defined by Ernest Mandel as “Increasing commodification and industrialization of more, and more, sectors of human life” as the social fabric splits apart, delineating “haves” versus “have-nots.”

“We’ve had 28 years of abject failure on climate change. It’s not that we haven’t brought emissions down. It’s just that we’ve watched them go up. In fact, since 2000, the rate at which they’ve gone up is even faster than the 1990s, as Dr. Kevin Anderson recently said.  For starters: (1) The top 10% carbon polluters in the world …

Practical and cost-effective ways to reach renewable energy goals in Colorado

From EnergyFreedomCO.org Many Colorado cities have ambitious energy goals but no practical and cost-effective way to reach them. Over one million Coloradans live in cities with the goal of obtaining 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Many large companies also have aggressive renewable energy goals. This paper reviews six possible solutions that would allow cities and large companies …