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Beyond Admiration: Changing the Energy Efficiency Conversation

“You coming or going?” a gruff voice asked as I tightened my seatbelt and settled in for my flight from Little Rock to Dallas.  I turned towards my seatmate, a large man…

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5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating on Their Solar-Producing Customers

This is a guest post by John Farrell, who is the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy. The original…

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Is TVA's New Integrated Resource Plan a Wise Path Forward?

My staff and I very much appreciated the opportunity to engage closely with TVA staff throughout the development of TVA's 2015 Integrated Resource Plan. Not only did TVA engage stakeholders and its…

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If TVA Reinvented its Fire

One of the questions I often get asked is what it would take for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA),  or any other large utility, to move to 100% renewable energy and energy…

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Low Cost Path for Southern Company to Comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan

With the US Environmental Protection Agency poised to release its final Clean Power Plan rule, some utilities have raised alarm about the rule’s cost. Some of those same voices have raised alarms…

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Monopoly Utilities Orchestrate Solar Opposition Before Sunshine State Supreme Court

Florida's utilities, led by Florida Power & Light, are orchestrating a well-coordinated attack on solar power in the Sunshine State. By cashing in on political connections and donations, monopoly utilities have recruited…

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PSC’s ‘Misplaced Priorities’ Lead to Higher Utility Bills for Alabamians

This guest post by Dr. Stacie Propst, executive director of GASP, was originally published on GASP's website on May 28, 2015. A report titled “What Public Service? How the Alabama Public Service…

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Duke dealt largest federal criminal fine in NC history for coal ash crimes

On May 14, 2015, Duke Energy pled guilty to 9 criminal misdemeanor violations of the Clean Water Act. The charges stemmed from a widened investigation, after the Dan River disaster, that found…

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TVA 2015 IRP Public Comment Period Closes - What's Next?

This week marked the end of the public comment period on the Tennessee Valley Authority's Draft 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). SACE staff, who have been engaged in the planning process for…

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A Bright, Sunny Forecast for the Tennessee Valley

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is farsighted, not shortsighted, when it comes to its efforts to evaluate and plan for solar power in its future. The 2015 Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provides the clearest, sharpest look…