How to Maximize Municipal Energy Options for Santa Fe (Public Radio Broadcast)

Santa Fe, NM, is battling with its electric utility, PNM, over the utility’s continued heavy reliance on large-scale fossil fuel power plants in a state with some of the best sun and wind resources in the country. Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell joined Santa Fe City Councilor Patti Bushee to discuss options for Santa Fe’s energy future with host David Bacon in this January 22, 2015, program.


Democratic Energy Media Roundup – January 21, 2015

This week in democratic energy, the president’s acknowledgement of solar progress, global climate change, science (!), and the growing economic gap in our country means there’s never be a better time to support keeping our energy dollars local.

Lyn Davis Learn’s short video on Huffington Post this week highlighted just how much 3-minutes can do for a movement. Check it out!

WV Senate Passes SB 1 with Net Metering Protection

Just a little while ago, the WV Senate passed Senate Bill 1, repealing all of the current Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard law, except for the authorization of net metering in WV.  The Senate Bill 1 renames the law, §24-2F Net Metering of Customer Generators.

Alliance for Solar Choice’s Bryan Miller Shuts Hoppy Down

Hoppy Kercheval had Bryan Miller of the Alliance for Solar Choice on his radio show this morning.  Hoppy offered up every bogus argument against net metering that you have read about here on The Power Line over the past five years.  Bryan hammered him on every one.

Here is a link to Hoppy’s show today.  The interview with Mr. Miller starts at 14 minutes in.

Hoppy Wants Free Market for OH-Based Power Companies, But Not for West Virginians

Yesterday, Hoppy Kercheval weighed in on the repeal of WV’s do-nothing ARPS law.  As Power Line readers know, I have no problem with repeal of the law, as long as net-metering for West Virginians is preserved.

West Virginians Standing Up to Protect Net Metering

Back in 2009, the WV Legislature passed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard law.  For years, Republicans have falsely claimed that the law was a “cap and trade” assault on the coal industry, and Democrats mistakenly claimed that the law helped renewable power.  Neither of these claims is true.

Is WV’s ARPS Law “Cap and Trade”? Definitely not.

Both Republicans and Democrats have displayed stunning ignorance in recent debates about WV’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard law.  Democrats claim that the law promotes renewable power, which it doesn’t, and Republicans claim that the law is some kind of “cap and trade” scheme, which it isn’t.

Video Roundtable: the Minneapolis-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

What can we expect from the first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership between the City of Minneapolis and its electric and gas utilities? Check out this video conversation from a November 2014 MNSEIA conference in Minnesota with the utilities, the city, and the lead grassroots organization about the history, the agreement, and the hopes for this novel partnership.



EEI Report Shows US Demand Remains Flat

It is not good news for the US electric industry when the Edison Electric Institute begins its 2013 annual review (the last full year report available) of the industry’s financial health with this statement:

FirstEnergy Dumps Failed CEO

If you live in WV and pay your electric bills to either Mon Power or Potomac Edison, you need to pay attention to what is happening with FirstEnergy the Akron, OH-based holding company that owns these WV utilities.