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PJM Cartel Getting Cartelier

Remember this post, What Is PJM, back in 2009?  Here is the dictionary definition of a cartel that I provided in that post:

cartel -2 : a combination of independent commercial or industrial enterprises designed to limit competition or fix prices

New Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy

placeholderExciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open ne

New Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy

placeholderExciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open ne

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 8, 2014

Over the last two weeks in democratic energy, media reports discussed a serious threat to Minneapolis’ recent city-utility partnership, why conservatives are embracing solar, and more.

ILSR’s own John Farrell was cited in Utility Dive, in Robert Walton’s article, “Will Santa Fe be the next city to municipalize its electric utility?” Walton reports:

German Power Giant E.on Shedding Coal Burners

Here’s the story from Reuters.

Germany’s top utility E.ON (EONGn.DE) said it would split in two, spinning off power plants to focus on renewable energy and power grids, in a dramatic response to industry changes that could trigger similar moves at European peers.

No, NY Times, It Is Never Too Early to “Be Sustainable”

On the same day the Solnit op-ed ran, the NY Times ran another story that spent hundreds of words to tell us that renewable power is just too hard – especially if you are older.  The story in the Homes and Gardens section, where the time usually runs story about exciting, sexy, expensive houses, was titled “Exhausted by a House That Saves Energy.”  Here’s the tag line at the end of the opening section of the story:

Facts and Renewable Power

From the beginning, The Power Line has been about ensuring that our readers have all the facts about the electrical system in WV and the US.  The large holding companies and speculators that run the US electrical system have a strong influence over what is presented in the media.  This influence shapes what facts are allowed into public discussion.  Here on The Power Line, we talk about facts and perspectives we don’t hear much about in the popular media.

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

placeholderIn the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25% of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it’s needed and juicing up local economies.

Wind Turbines and Birds

I just came across this Bloomberg blog post from last April.  Wind turbines simply do not cause bird deaths on any scale comparable to other major killers, such as glass clad buildings and high voltage transmission lines, or even cats.

The next time you hear someone talking about how wind turbines kill birds, show them this graph, derived from studies by the US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service:

IL Commerce Commission Blocks Clean Line Speculators

The Illinois Commerce Commission has just issued an order denying utility status to the highly speculative Houston-based Clean Line operation under a state law granting the company powers of eminent domain.  This prevents the Clean Line companies from seizing land through condemnation in Illinois.  The Commission agreed with an earlier administrative law judge that their is no need for their line in Illinois.

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