PACE Program Working Well in CT, Why Not WV

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs are used across the US to help property owners get low interest financing to make energy efficiency and solar power investments in their buildings.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 22, 2014

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed solar developments across the states.

ILSR’s recent report, Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy, was covered in Utility Dive. Herman K. Trabish writes:

More Samso/US Connections

I have posted about my trip to Denmark in late September on The Power Line.  While we were on Samsø Island, we saw a group of college students from the College of the Atlantic in Maine at the Energy Academy.  They were in the middle of a three week study of how to translate Samsø’s achievements into workable solutions for island communities on the Maine coast.

Expired WV PSC Commissioner Resigns

Expired Commissioner Jon McKinney announced his resignation from the WV PSC last week.  Mr. McKinney’s resignation will be effective at the end of December, exactly 2 1/2 years after his term expired in June 2011.  So, once again, Gov. Tomblin has an opportunity to appoint a real leader to the Commission, who will stand up for West Virginia against the interests of corporate utility holding companies based in Ohio (AEP and FirstEnergy) and American Water Company (New Jersey).

APCo’s Charles Patton Frames Legislative Session with Fearmongering

Don’t you wish you had a few thousand dollars to spend on a special luncheon to tell WV legislators about the problems your family faces, from your point of view?  Well, that’s what Appalachian Power Company did on Wednesday.

Distributed Solar a Substantial Portion of 2014 Power Plant Capacity

placeholderRenewable energy continues to grow substantially in the U.S. and in 2014 it remains a large portion of new power plant capacity – 30% or more through the first three quarters.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 15, 2014

This week in democratic energy, media reports covered South Carolina’s net metering deal, Minnesota’s Solar Rewards Community program, and more.

From Switchboard, the Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog, Pierre Bull discussed a recent report that highlights which states excel and which states lag in promoting solar. Bull writes:

“Knowledge is power, or at least the first step toward it…”

A $48 Billion Opportunity for U.S. Electric Customers

Electricity customers in the U.S. got good news last week.

“$364 billion up for grabs” – A Video preview of Energy Democracy

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NY State Making Good Investments

New York is investing tax dollars in the future.  Here is a story about a $1.8 million grant awarded by the state to fund solar purchasing co-ops, energy efficiency projects and job training in the southern part of the state.