Increased Municipal Utility Formation the Goal of Legislation in Massachusetts

Date: 10 Oct 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an effort to clarify and strengthen state law, lawmakers in Massachusetts have introduced legislation to enhance the ability of communities to acquire electric distribution equipment from investor-owned utilities in order to form municipally-owned electric companies.

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Energy Efficiency in California – A Matter of Community Control

Date: 26 Jan 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is scheduled to vote tomorrow (1/27/05) on who will control about $400 million in state energy efficiency funds [see CPUC proceeding R0108028] Community aggregation advocate groups including Local Power and Women’s Energy Matters are demanding that the CPUC let community choice aggregators (CCAs) control and administer their own efficiency programs rather than give all the money and co… Read More

Working Group Recommends Update To Interconnection Standards in California

Date: 24 Jan 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The California Energy Commission (CEC) began an investigation in April 2004 via a diverse working group to explore a variety of issues associated with the deployment of distributed generation (DG) including interconnection rules – formally referred to as Rule 21. Implementation of California’s standardized interconnection rules issued in 2000 have been an important priority for California because it eliminated a significant barrier to the safe and cost-effective deployment of DG in the State.

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Mandate It and They Will Come: Minnesota’s Biodiesel Law

Date: 13 Jan 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Since enactment of the nation’s first state mandate for nearly all diesel fuel sold in the state to contain a small percentage of biodiesel, there was always some uncertainty whether or not production facilities would be built to meet the goal in the law. Language in the law would have allowed the mandate to never take effect unless the in-state production reached 8,000,000 gallons per year. With the opening of one plant in December and two more under construction, the mandate is expected to come into force at the end of June 2005.

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Wind Power: To Own Or Not To Own

Date: 6 Jan 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the world’s fastest growing energy technologies is wind power. Landowners on windy sites face a choice – to lease their land to wind developers or to own the turbines themselves. Leasing land provides a landowner with a relatively risk free venture with a steady stream of income. Owning a wind energy project involves more risk but offers landowners significantly more potential revenue.… Read More

Voters Decide to Take Control of Their Electric Systems in Three Cities

Date: 6 Dec 2004 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Everyone knows that President Bush was reelected on November 2nd but did you know that voters in three municipalities voted to take control of their electric systems? In Rolfe, Iowa (pop. 675), the vote was 182-19, in Wellman, Iowa (pop. 1,393) the vote was 470-159, and in Auburn, New York (pop. 28,574) the vote was 4,726-987 to allow their cities to form municipally-owned power companies. The two Iowa cities already control their natural gas utilities so the move toward electricity should be a natural extension.… Read More

Solutions to Electricity Crisis

Date: 5 Jun 2001 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Themedia simply report on California’s shortfall of thousands of megawatts and limit the discussion to President Bush’s energy plan and Gov. Gray Davis’ plea for wholesale rate caps. They’re missing the real story. California may need thousands of megawatts of generating capacity in the long run, but the rolling blackouts hit only a few blocks at a time. This summers’ electricity crisis, therefore, isn’t going to be dealt with in Washington or even Sacramento, but at the local and neighborhood level.

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