13 States Flunk This Standard Test — Episode 188 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 Jul 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Mari Hernandez explains why we need transparent and efficient interconnection standards, how the regulatory landscape can adapt to new technologies, and where IREC’s Freeing the Grid initiative can help.… Read More

In Civil Eats: Pacific Seafood Controls the Dungeness Crab Market, but Small Crabbers Are Fighting Back

Date: 12 Jul 2023 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Small fishermen in the Pacific Northwest are taking a stand against Pacific Seafood, the dominant West Coast crab processor, alleging that the corporation is exploiting its power to manipulate industry regulations in its favor and drive down the prices the fishermen receive for their catch. Writing in Civil Eats, Ron Knox provides our latest dispatch on how local economies are suffering the effects of unchecked monopoly power.… Read More

In The Sling: When Confronting Amazon’s Anticompetitive Conduct, the FTC Should Invoke Its Section 5 Authority

Date: 10 Jul 2023 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the Federal Trade Commission sets its sights on challenging Amazon’s dominance in online retail, Ron Knox argues in The Sling that the agency must leverage its most potent weapon against anticompetitive behavior: Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.… Read More

Utilities Gamble With Household Money — Episode 187 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 5 Jul 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tony Bartelme discusses how utilities have wagered and lost billions of customer dollars, why customers are on the hook when utilities take financial risks, and how unhappy customers can counter utility power grabs.… Read More

Amazon’s Tight Grip on Cloud Computing Poses Multiple Threats. ILSR Urges FTC Action.

Date: 29 Jun 2023 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, ILSR warned that control over cloud computing, the backbone of the modern economy, is dangerously concentrated. Amazon Web Services (AWS), which controls more than 40 percent of global cloud infrastructure, has exploited its position to lock-in customers, shut out rivals, and reap unfair advantages in its other non-cloud business lines. ILSR urges the FTC to use its authorities to open the market to needed competition.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2023 Q1

Date: 28 Jun 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Eight gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the first quarter of 2023. For the third quarter in a row, over half of new generation was solar power (4.5 GW) with the rest from fossil gas (2 GW) and wind (1.5 GW).… Read More

A Tool to Track Federal Funding for Affordable Broadband

Date: 27 Jun 2023 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May, we published a story about the fate of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), based on a prediction model we built that was intended to visualize how long we might expect the $14.2 billion fund to last before needing new Congressional appro…… Read More

New Video: Coalition of Community Broadband Advocates Prevail in Louisiana

Date: 27 Jun 2023 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In July of 2022, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and several state lawmakers visited Lake Providence in East Carroll Parish, Louisiana to announce the community had secured a $4 million grant to build a fiber-to-the-home network in one of the most poorly connected parts of the state.… Read More

How Cities Can Steer State Action — Episode 186 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 21 Jun 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stacy Miller explains how she represents the city of Minneapolis in state forums, including the Public Utilities Commission, and what’s at stake in decisions made by the state.… Read More

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