Energy independence

This blog post, by CHRISTIAN ROSELUND, editor of PV Magazine, was written on Wednesday, July 4 and originally published on the PV Magazine website here.  This July 4, it is more important – and possible – than ever to gain our independence from the conventional power industry, and to a degree, the utilities. For many of […]

South Carolina PSC votes to temporarily roll back SCEG rates by 15%. Utility whines about extreme political pressure.

Today the SC Public Service Commission unanimously and without debate voted to comply with the directive of the SC Legislature. The PSC approved a 15% electric rate decrease for SCE&G customers retroactive to April 1st of this year. Before you get too excited, this past Friday SCE&G filed suit in a federal District Court to block the rate rollback saying that the legislation passed is unconstitutional. In court is exactly where we expected to be all along and why I’ve been advocating that we could and should have gotten to this point sooner.

Whites Creek High Senior Inspired by Solar

This blog is a guest post by Jalaysia Hagewood, a graduating senior at Whites Creek High School in Nashville, TN. Jalaysia and her classmates are designing and building the Whites Creek Solar Farm, a 13.2 kilo-watt array designed and built by students, as part of their course work within the school’s Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability and Logistics.

Guest Blog: New Role for Forest Bradley-Wright in the Southeast Region

Since joining the Alliance for Affordable Energy in 2005, Forest Bradley-Wright has been a tireless force working to improve Louisiana’s energy landscape in nearly every way imaginable. ​In the coming months, Forest will be expanding his scope to the regional level as he transitions to a new role as the Energy Efficiency Director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).

Guest Blog: Everyday Climate Vulnerability in Places like Memphis

This is a guest blog written by Shelley Poticha with NRDC. To read the original post, click here. Big storms like Harvey in Houston and Katrina in New Orleans garner weeks of headlines. But each American city has a climate story to tell—one that affects people every day and that can be just as devastating […]

Southeast Chapters Head to Capital Cities to Say No Way to New Drilling!

This is a guest blog originally posted by Surfrider. To read the original post, click here. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released a draft of the 2019-2024 five year offshore oil drilling plan for US waters. Unfortunately, this plan calls for expanding offshore oil drilling to over 90 percent of our coastal waters! […]

Honoring Black History Month: Cornelia Crenshaw, Unsung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement

As Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to take the time to recognize a woman who had a significant impact on the Civil Rights movement and was one of the pioneers of the Energy Justice movement. We acknowledge and honor Cornelia Crenshaw and all of her endeavors, particularly her commitment to Memphis’ African American community. Thanks to her dedication and tireless work, Memphis’ utility, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW), instituted partial payment on utility bills. By allowing partial payments, versus requiring full payment for utility bills, lower-income customers and those on a fixed income are able to keep their lights on, even if they are unable to pay the full amount due.

Counterflow: The Devil Went Down to Georgia

This blog was originally posted here by Steve Huntoon at RTO Insider on January 22, 2018. An excerpt is below, published with permission. Steve Huntoon is a former president of the Energy Bar Association, with 30 years of experience advising and representing energy companies and institutions. He received a B.A. in economics and a J.D. from the University of […]

Tesla Model 3 – Four Day Test Drive Review

This blog was written by Jeff Cohen, Founder, Atlanta Electric Vehicle Development Coalition and Georgia EVentures, LLC and Treasurer of EV Club of the South. Jeff currently owns a Tesla Model S. On my last trip to the Bay area, I was lucky enough to score a rental of a brand new Tesla Model 3 through […]

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 Economics, by undermining the “rational actor” assumption central to economics.  He proved that humans’ economic decisions are afflicted by systematic biases. His discoveries […]