Will Clean Local Energy Grow? A Novel City-Utility Partnership Sprouts in Minneapolis

Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, next Monday the Minneapolis City Council makes a monumental decision on another way forward to a better energy future. On the table is a novel partnership between the city and Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to meet the city’s ambitious equity, energy and environmental goals.

A Scared Dominion and Other Utilities Walk Out of East VA Solar Value Committee

East Virginia has a terrible record when it comes to renewable power.  The state legislature allows electric companies to impose punitive “stand by” charges on renewable power producers.  AEP’s Appalachian Power Company, which also controls about half of WV’s electrical system, has imposed monthly fees on solar power producers

Denmark Posts Coming

I just got back from a 9 day trip to Denmark, where I got to see how an advanced industrial nation runs a modern electrical system.  As the US falls further and further behind these advanced countries, we have a lot to learn from them.

FirstEnergy Hits OH Rate Payers with Higher Priced Electricity

Here’s the story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

FirstEnergy is abolishing most of its Ohio consumer and business energy efficiency programs by the end of the year — on the grounds that the elimination will lower monthly electric bills.

REPORT: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local!

Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands.

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REPORT RELEASED: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local!

That’s a key takeaway from Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters, a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The report shows that local control and ownership of renewable energy gives towns and cities a bigger economic boost than hosting wind and solar (or high voltage transmission lines) from big out-of-state (or country) corporations.

Is Gov. Tomblin Really Considering Another Jackson Kelly Lawyer for PSC?

Here on The Power Line, I only like to deal in documentable facts.  Occasionally, I come across rumors that are so outrageous, I have to comment on them.

In recent weeks, a rumor has circulated in Charleston that Gov. Tomblin is considering appointing a second lawyer from the Jackson Kelly law firm to replace Ryan Palmer on the WV PSC.

WI’s WE Energies Institutes Power Industry’s Attack on Homeowner/Business Solar Power

I recently came across this interesting discussion of Wisconsin power company WE Energies and its application to the WI PSC to heavily penalize WI solar power producers with the elimination of net metering and extra charges, based on the Edison Electric Institute’s “free rider” propaganda.

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy

I spent three days this week with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement because their core theme – economic democracy – fits like a glove over ILSR’s work on democratic energy.

The big takeaway? Solar power is the spark to energize a new energy economy from the bottom up.

WV Needs Independence and Innovative Thinking on Our PSC

The Charleston Gazette published my op-ed piece this morning.  In late August, the WV PSC announced that Commissioner Ryan Palmer was leaving the Commission to take a job with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.  In his five years on the PSC, Mr.