SC Regulators Slap Down Duke Energy Rate Increase, Call Executives ‘Tone Deaf’

By Haley Walters, The Greenville News By Andrew Brown, -

State utility regulators on Wednesday reduced a proposed rate increase that would have affected 591,000 Duke Energy customers in the Upstate, and called executives of the energy company "tone [...]

TVA Votes To Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure From Trump And Kentucky GOP

By James Bruggers, -

Brushing aside pleas from coal-friendly politicians, Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Thursday to retire a 49-year-old coal-fired power plant in Kentucky. President Donald Trump and the [...]

The Green New Deal Must Put Utilities Under Public Control

By Jackson Koeppel, Johanna Bozuwa and Liz Veazey, -

Highland Park, Mich., is a small, majority-black community of three square miles, nestled in the center of Detroit, with some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country. It’s [...]

Public Takeover Of PG&E: A Radically Common-Sense Proposal

By Johanna Bozuwa, -

California’s large investor-owned utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), announced it would be filing for bankruptcy by the end of the month after being faced with $30 billion in damages related [...]

Can California Utilities Burn Down The State And Make The Public Pay For It?

By Matt Stannard, -

The fossil fuel industry knowingly alters the climate, exacerbating fire risks in the American West, including massive wildfires across California. Energy utilities (presently private [...]

Utilities Have A Problem: The Public Wants 100% Renewable Energy, And Quick

By David Roberts, -

Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable [...]

U.S. Utility Solar Contracts ‘Exploded’ In 2018 Despite Tariffs: Report

By Nichola Groom, -

(Reuters) - Procurement of solar energy by U.S. utilities “exploded” in the first half of 2018, prompting a prominent research group to boost its five-year installation forecast on Thursday [...]

After Latest Water Rate Hike, A Call To Pugh And Young For Help

By Fern Shen, -

A City Council bill to give poor residents a break on fast-rising water rates – promised a year ago by President Jack Young – is yet to be drafted As Baltimore water bills rose for the third year [...]

Utilities Kill Solar Bill Despite Majority Support In SC House

By Sammy Fretwell, -

Under pressure from the state's major utilities, the S.C. House killed a solar bill Tuesday that was intended to protect thousands of jobs and save customers money on their monthly power bills. [...]

Boulder Takes Closer Look At City-Owned Broadband

By Alex Burness, -

It's going to cost somewhere between $70 and $140 million, officials estimate, to build out the underground fiber-to-the-premises network that Boulder needs to make community-wide broadband a [...]

Why The Internet Should Be A Public Utility

By Umair Haque, -

By Umair Haque for Eudaimonia - Now. Where does this approach — lower prices leading to the greater good — leave America? Well, it leaves it unable to provide utilities well, or genuinely, [...]

Public Power As A Vehicle Towards Energy Democracy

By Johanna Bozuwa, -

By Johanna Bozuwa for The Next System Project - “We would line up all of our inhalers in a row on the benches before we would go run, just in case,” recounts Kristen Ethridge; an Indiana resident [...]

Utah Utility Wants To Triple Monthly Charges For Solar Customers

By Mark Hand, -

By Mark Hand for Think Progress - Utah’s largest electric utility company wants to place new charges on rooftop solar customers, a proposal that critics say would unfairly penalize the customers; [...]

Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy; Ways To Fight Back

By John Farrell, -

By John Farrell for ILSR - Across many economic sectors, we at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance identify ways that cities can take charge of their local economy. In energy, that includes [...]

Bringing Power To The People: The Case For Utility Populism

By Kate Aronoff, -

By Kate Aronoff for Dissent - One glaring omission in the postmortem handwringing about the 2016 election is the fact that most poor people in America—of all races and genders—simply didn’t vote. [...]

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