Support the Texas Solar Energy Society Comments for Power to Choose Website

We are encouraging Texans to support the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) filed comments for suggested enhancements to the Power to Choose website.  This can be accomplished using the "contact us" section of the Power to Choose website and will only take a few minutes.  This blog posting provides information about (1) the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) Project, (2) the comments filed by TXSES, and (3) a way for citizens to show support for the filed comments.

The Wind Blows, Power Goes Out in WV

Here’s the account from the Charleston Gazette of how 20-30 mile per hour gusts were “knocking out power to thousands of West Virginians” on Monday.

What Do You Think of The Power Line’s New Look?

In the comments section to this post, let me know what you think of The Power Line’s new look.  I thought you would like to see some actual images from Calhoun County on the header.

New Testimony Filed in PATH Cost Recovery Cases at FERC

AEP and FirstEnergy want $121 million (and more) from all rate payers in PJM Interconnection to cover their stranded capital costs (the abandonment case) and operating costs (the formal challenges case) on the failed PATH transmission project.  Remember that this boondoggle was created by the Energy Policy Act, inspired by the Cheney administration, and passed by the Republican Congress in 2005.  The 2005 Energy Policy Act allowed certain anointed transmission projects to charge all their costs to rate payers, even if they were never built – a good deal for power companies, not so good for

A 2-Year City Workplan for Energy Democracy

The first-in-the-nation city-utility partnership has been framed in Minneapolis, but can the city and its utilities really deliver substantive movement toward an equitable energy economy in the next two years?

It all depends on the workplan, and the grassroots team at Minneapolis Energy Options has delivered. (Disclosure: I serve on the board of Community Power / Minneapolis Energy Options).

WI PSC Sides with Power Company Against Innovation While a German Town Takes Matters into Its Own Hands

The contrast between this week’s decision by the Wisconsin PSC to support Wisconsin Energy’s assault on its solar generating customers and the remarkable progress being made in Wildpoldsried, Bavaria couldn’t be clearer.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 17, 2014

Various Sources, November 17, 2014

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the state of solar across the country, a new battery prototype for wind and solar power, and more.

John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, was quoted in the Midwest Energy News article, “In Minnesota, community solar market starting to take off.” Frank Jossi reports:

Good Overview of Denmark’s Renewable Energy Situation, and Comparison with Germany

Here is a link to an interesting overview of Denmark’s renewable energy plans.  The comparison with Germany is somewhat unfair, because Denmark also has coal-fired electrical generation, and the Germans have a definite plan to phase our their coal plants.  I also find the title of the story, “Brave little Denmark leads war against coal” to be condescending and, well, belittling.

Anya Schoolman on Decentralized Power

Anya Schoolman is the genius behind the Community Power Network which has built solar generation in communities in the District of Columbia and three states, including two community solar co-ops (so far) in WV.  Anya is also one of the leading experts in the world on building community-based solar power generation.

The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

In the past month, the city of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities adopted the nation’s first clean energy partnership, with a wide range of goals including meeting the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. How did it happen and what can it accomplish?