Energy and Policy Institute Exposes Three Ways Electric Utilities Stomp Innovation and Competition

Date: 15 Aug 2017 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you work to secure Americans’ rights to solar energy or to accelerate the deployment of inexpensive renewable energy, you understand that not everyone is in favor. In particular, incumbent electric utilities tend to oppose competition in their (often monopoly) … Read More

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

Date: 24 Jul 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive markets.

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Greeneville, TN: Electric Utility Powers Up School Internet Connectivity

Date: 23 Feb 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Greenville City Schools (GCS), which obtains Internet access via the state’s Education Networks of America (ENA), used to obtain cable connections from big providers that worked with ENA. Comcast and CenturyLink are two of the local providers that lease lines to the schools with ENA as the entity that arranged the connections. Not anymore.

GCS, ENA, and the Greeneville Light & Power System (GLPS) have entered into a new partnership to use GLPS fiber-optic infrastructure to bring Internet access to school facilities. As a result, the school will cut telecommunications costs by approximately $50,000 per year and double their capacity.… Read More

Grassroots Group Promotes Local Alternatives to Wisconsin Utilities’ Big Ticket Spending

Date: 2 Nov 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wisconsin’s coal-reliant utilities remain cool to wind and solar despite mounting enthusiasm for renewables. This intransigence places them squarely in the crosshairs of one grassroots group leveraging support from customers and policymakers in order to realign the state’s energy economy … Read More

Could A 40-Year-Old Law Let More Customers “Exit” the Grid?

Date: 14 Sep 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As state regulators restricted the ability of home and business owners in Nevada to receive sufficient compensation for solar on their rooftops, some large companies started looking towards other options. In 2016, at least two major Las Vegas casinos agreed to … Read More

Changing the Language of Renewable Energy, the Electric Monopoly’s Newest Ploy

Date: 18 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What happens when utility companies lose ground as their customers cut consumption and seek innovative technologies like rooftop solar? New business ventures to capture customer interest? Other new technologies? Instead, investor-owned utilities (through the Edison Electric Institute trade organization) poured money … Read More

Video: The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy – CommonBound 2016 Conference

Date: 1 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On July 9, John Farrell spoke to a group at the CommonBound 2016 Conference. The conference brought hundreds of leaders together to share “visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change” in areas such as energy policy and economic justice. In … Read More

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