Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid

In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here’s how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents. Why you can trust us By THOMAS M. HANNA Jan 30, 2015, Yes! Magazine In the United States, there is one state, and only one state, where every single resident and business receives electricity …

It’s Time for States to Invest in Infrastructure

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, It’s Time for States to Invest in Infrastructure, updated March 19, 2019 by ELIZABETH MCNICHOL State investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure is key to creating good jobs and promoting full economic recovery. States should reject the flawed economic growth strategy of cutting taxes and offering …

Better transmission would make electricity cheaper for everyone, unless private utilities find ways to raise prices and extract profit.

Adapted from October 4, 2020 by Allen Best in Mountain News Why Colorado needs an RTO Speakers say regional transmission organization crucial to economic decarbonization of electrical supplies BV: These speakers are speaking from their economic self interest. Large utilities prioritize large generation plants and big transmission. Sometimes these even are cheapest. But this article does not talk about the relative costs …

‘Math Doesn’t Yet Add Up’ for Utility Decarbonization Goals: Deloitte

There are big gaps between U.S. utilities’ net-zero targets and their plans for retiring coal and gas plants. JEFF ST. JOHN GTM SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 Duke Energy opened its new 560MW Asheville combined cycle natural gas plant this year. (Photo: Duke) 24 U.S. utilities can’t reach their ambitious decarbonization goals unless they reduce their planned reliance on natural gas, find ways …

Clean Energy Is Canceling Gas Plants

September 30, 2020  |  By Molly Keleher, Mark Dyson, and Alex Engel While COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of the economy and daily life in 2020, the trend toward clean electricity is still going strong. Renewable energy and storage technology costs continue to fall, with expanding adoption by utilities and other investors, while new gas-fired power plants face ever-stronger financial headwinds. Data …

Utility pattern of corrupt activity

By KATHIANN M. KOWALSKI, EnergyNewsUS, Sept 2020 The arrest of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and others in July revealed how the use of dark money organizations enabled an alleged $60 million conspiracy to sway elections and provide costly bailouts to noncompetitive nuclear and coal plants. As federal and state court cases move forward, questions remain about what can be done …

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or Energy (CCE)

Eight states – California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Virginia – have enacted legislation that allows cities, counties or other jurisdictions to combine (“aggregate”) individual customer purchasing power and choose an alternative electricity supplier on behalf of the residents, businesses, and municipal facilities in the jurisdiction [18]. The electricity is still delivered by the investor-owned utility …

Empower Boulder: Leave Xcel franchise and form a muni

Thanks to the American Public Power Association for these graphics. n Thursday, August 20, the Boulder City Council voted to put a new Xcel franchise agreement on the November 2020 ballot. That agreement actually consists of multiple parts including: A new 20-year franchise agreement with unenforceable interim “off-ramps” will commit the city to a new 20-year relationship that could be difficult to end. A …

Guidance from CDPHE Air Pollution Division for Xcel was led/drafted by a former Xcel staffer

Further, an unadvertised “stakeholder” group only allowed entities not supporting rapid decarbonization by the electricial sector or anything that could impinge on Xcel profits, even a mere study bill of Community Choice Energy Clean Energy Plan Guidance – Draft Release for Public Comment Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Air Pollution Control Division, September 25, 2020 Introduction During …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …