A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things: allow just and reasonable prices and serves the public interest. Also, only one reason to grant a corporate charter…

David Korten’s presentation to the Summit on the Future of Corporations, Faneuil Hall, Boston MA, November 13, 2007. Only One Reason to Grant a Corporate Charter (see end) ** Excerpts from Interview – John Farrell and Jean Su – May-June 2021 Jean Su:  A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things. And this …

Gernot Wagner, Nature: 8 priorities for updating and calculating the social cost of carbon

19 February 2021, Nature, Eight priorities for calculating the social cost of carbon: Advice to the Biden administration as it seeks to account for mounting losses from storms, wildfires and other climate impacts. By Gernot Wagner , David Anthoff , Maureen Cropper , Simon Dietz , Kenneth T. Gillingham , Ben Groom , J. Paul Kelleher , Frances C. Moore & James H. Stock One of the first executive orders US President Joe Biden signed in …

Electric transmission and distribution fees have jumped about 50% in the last decade. Microgrids are changing the way electricity is made, delivered, and used.

June 8, 2021 By Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Microgrids — managed by sophisticated software — are part of a shift toward on-site power production, driven by businesses and organizations that want to control their own energy destiny, according to a group of panelists at the Microgrid 2021 conference. Growth in microgrids comes as customers increasingly look for solutions to various issues, such …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

Congressional Resolution to Take Back the Grid and address fundamental conflict presented by Investor Owned Utilities pursuing shareholder gains. Black, Hispanic, and Native American households spend 43 percent, 20 percent, and 45 percent more of their income on energy bills than non-Hispanic white households.

These Lawmakers Have A Plan For The Public To Take Back The Grid (The New Republic): The resolution aims, according to the 12-page text, to establish “access to electricity as a human right and eradicate the reliance on monopolized, profit-driven utility corporations and providers and the flawed regulatory regime that has failed to regulate these utilities in the public interest.” …

Maine Republicans: Investor Owned Utilities are not meeting the needs of the people, and public ownership will lower rates and advance carbon reduction goals

“The facts are clear: investor-owned utilities are not meeting the needs of the Maine people, and the legislation we’re proposing will not only strengthen our grid, but it will also lower rates, advance Maine’s carbon emission goals,” Rep. Nathan Carlow, R, a member of the legislature’s utilities’ committee, said in a press release. Proposed legislation would create a new, nonprofit utility. …

Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. More DER, microgrids, public ownership, and freedom from monopolies needed.

Increasingly extreme weather from climate change is now a year-round phenomenon. This has homebuilders reconsidering how they design and power new homes, and how to take them off the grid. Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. International Energy Agency Recommends Moratorium On New Fossil …

New York Bill Moving Through Senate Takes on Monopoly Power

20 MAY 2021 by ILSR A groundbreaking new bill moving through the New York State Senate this week will, if enacted, greatly enhance the ability of the state and private plaintiffs to take on monopoly power and level the playing field for independent businesses in New York. The bill, first introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris last September, would usher in much needed reforms …

Wildfire costs related to transmission, distributed solar could provide 30% of electricity need, more

The current benefits of avoided transmission do not include the costs of triggering wildfires. To do so we need to figure out total costs of wildfires, the probability that wildfires occur annually (100%. sigh.), the frequency/ probability with which transmission triggers/ causes said wildfire, and then spreading that cost over transmission that goes through dry-vegetation. Then we’d want to figure …

Report on California’s 100% Clean Energy Act of 2018

Senate Bill 100 Officially titled “The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018,” Senate Bill 100 (SB 100, De León): Sets a 2045 goal of powering all retail electricity sold in California and state agency electricity needs with renewable and zero-carbon resources — those such as solar and wind energy that do not emit climate-altering greenhouse gases. Updates the state’s …