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Is the Florida Public Service Commission reconsidering energy efficiency?

Yesterday, Tampa Electric received a well-deserved vote of approval for its program to convert 100% of its street and outdoor lighting to efficient LED fixtures. The Florida Public Service Commission took its first…

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Why has TVA encouraged its local power companies to raise mandatory fees for its customers?

Over the past seven years, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has approved an average 50% increase in mandatory fees charged by its local power companies. But if you're a residential customer on…

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Tampa Electric lights the way to energy efficiency

Tampa Electric appears to be the second investor-owned utility in the country to proceed with a plan to convert 100% of its street lights to efficient LED fixtures. Nearly every street lighting…

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Duke Energy Carolinas wants to charge you $18 each month before you even flip a switch!

  In what feels like the repeating plot line from the movie Groundhog Day, North Carolina's biggest utility is headed back to regulators at the North Carolina Utility Commission asking to hike…

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Statement to KUB: We Deserve a Clean Bill, Reduce These Fixed Fees

Today, I had the opportunity to speak before the KUB Commission (link to Facebook Live at KUB headquarters), sharing my thoughts on a very important issue we are facing - fixed, mandatory charges…

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Staff Update: SACE fighting rate hikes and hidden charges at KUB!

SACE Executive Director Dr. Stephen Smith is at the KUB board meeting in Knoxville to fight rate hikes and hidden charges!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC92hhxlJzg

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A Nobel Prize for a Behavioral Economics Pioneer: Are there Lessons for (Utility) Regulation?

This is a guest post of a blog written by Scott Hempling which originally ran on his law firm's blog in November 2017 here. Richard Thaler has won the Nobel Prize in…

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Southeastern Communities Get Million Dollar Sustainability Boost

The Southeast has long struggled to meet its resident’s needs for energy efficiency retrofits and lower utility bills. The reason why the programs that meet those needs struggle to get off the…

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Poll: Majority of Tennessee Voters Support Solar and Oppose Fixed Charges On Bill or Restrictions to Customer Choice

This blog was written by Alissa Schafer, former Solar Policy & Communications Manager at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

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TVA's Secretive Attempt to Raise Mandatory Fees Across the Valley

Sarah Gilliam, SACE's Communications Coordinator, contributed to this blog post. What is a fixed charge? Think of a fixed charge as a mandatory fee. A fixed charge added to your total utility…