Utilities are taking risks when they know of dangers related to fuels and emissions and continue anyway; insurers are resisting

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, June 15, 2017 More than two dozen insurance companies who previously insured Duke Energy’s coal ash disposal operations say they are not on the hook for cleanup costs because any property damage was “caused intentionally, by or at Duke’s direction.” The 30 insurance companies say they have no liability in the matter because Duke stored …

US utilities planning for deep decarbonization

Excerpt from The Utility Sector’s Business Case for Deep Decarbonization, by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, June 13, 2017 A lot can happen in two years. At the Edison Electric Institute’s 2015 annual summit, executives from the nation’s largest investor-owned utility companies were skeptical of decarbonization. A board of CEOs told reporters that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan would raise costs and …

Utility provides incentive to get more employees driving electric vehicles

Clean Technica, June 2017 The largest electricity utility in Chile and one of the largest in the world, Enel, somewhat recently began an initiative to get more of its Chilean employees driving electric vehicles. The initiative was pretty simple and effective — offering a subsidy for the purchase of an electric car. Following this raffle, 25 of the Enel employees decided to …

Community choice aggregation: How far can it push energy sector transformation?

By Rachel Henderson, Utility Dive, 8 June 2017  A recent Energy Gang podcast explored some of the challenges facing California’s grid and the kinds of market reforms that could provide potential solutions. One of the ideas that dominated the first 20 minutes was customer engagement and community choice aggregators (CCAs) — topics of particular interest for me, as I have …

Electricity customers pay for groups that lobby against clean energy, says report: Paying for Utility Politics

By Mark Hand, Climate Progress, 12 May 2017, Electricity customers pay for groups that lobby against clean energy.  Successful oversight of trade group membership dues has faded away in many states, report says. In this April 22, 2015, photo, Nevada residents protest proposal that could curtail rooftop solar in the state. The rooftop solar debate has pitted solar developers against electric …

Economic Democracy and the Billion-Dollar Co-op: Is our energy grid a sleeping giant of collective ownership?

By Nathan Schneider, in The Nation, Economic Democracy and the Billion-Dollar Co-op:  Is our energy grid a sleeping giant of collective ownership? 8 May 2017 Candidate Donald Trump made a campaign stop in February 2016 hosted by South Carolina’s Broad River Electric Cooperative. After taking the auditorium stage, observing that “it’s a lot of people,” and joining the audience in …

Europe, renewables and the future of community energy

By Dirk Vansintjan The NewsCo-op, March 2017 –  In its recently released Clean Energy Package, the European Commission finally acknowledged that energy communities – such as co-operatives – have a major role to play in Europe’s… In its recently released Clean Energy Package, the European Commission finally acknowledged that energy communities – such as co-operatives – have a major role to …

Utilities and solar finally finding ways to work together, especially as utilities will be ultimate owners of many solar projects

 By Travis Hoium, Motley Fool Investing, 8 May 2017 Utilities and solar companies have long had a strange relationship. On one hand, they compete over compensation for customers wanting to put solar on their roofs, and on the other, they partner to provide solar energy from utility-scale projects to thousands of customers. But the two sides have been figuring out …