A Solar Settlement for the Good of the Grid — Episode 118 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 2 Dec 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and Vote Solar’s Thad Culley discuss a net metering settlement underway in the Carolinas: a compromise benefitting the utility, customer-generators, and the electric grid.… Read More

AT&T Is Abandoning Tens of Thousands of American Households in the Deep South Who Have No Other Internet Access Option

Date: 8 Oct 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

AT&T has stopped making connections to users subscribing to its DSL Internet as of October 1st. The most conservative number of those affected by the decision will be about 80,000 households that have no other option.… Read More

Voices of 100%: South Carolina City Tries Green Energy in a Red State – Episode 86 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 25 Sep 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of our Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, Mayor Stephen Benjamin discusses the importance of local initiative, taking action on climate in the South, and how to ensure that a clean energy transition benefits everyone.… Read More

Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses (Episode 44)

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ranging as high-speed broadband access, electric utilities, and Facebook’s recent Congressional foibles.… Read More

SCANA-Dominion Energy Utility Merger a Risky Deal for S.C. Ratepayers

Date: 14 Feb 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As monopoly utilities merge and grow bigger, they wield more power. This commentary advises South Carolina regulators, legislators, and residents to be cautious of a proposed takeover of SCANA by investor-owned utility Dominion Energy.… Read More

Oconee County, South Carolina: Achieving Connectivity Goals Beyond AT&T Obstruction

Date: 2 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Most residents and businesses in Oconee County, South Carolina, used dial-up connections when county officials applied for stimulus funding in 2010; there were still people in the county with no Internet access at all. A few had DSL connections, but even county facilities struggled with antiquated infrastructure. After an AT&T attack upended their plan to offer retail … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 31, 2015

Date: 1 Sep 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: Solar advocates win big victories in Nevada and Colorado and keep net metering policies intact. Michigan solar energy fight garners unusual advocates for distributed generation. Clean Power Plan drawing criticism from utility-funded reports. Exellon-Pepco merger thwarted by grassroots efforts.   Featured Stories: 5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating On Their Solar-Producing Customers … Read More

SEATOA Conference Set for March 21st-22nd

Date: 1 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This March 21-22, the SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SEATOA) will be hosting the “Networking Communities for the New South” conference. The conference will be held at the Omni Charlotte Hotel. We are excited to see Susan Crawford as the keynote speaker. From the conference page: She will provide a broadband policy reality check, … Read More