How will TVA’s Grid Access Charge Affect Your Rates?

TVA has done it again. They’ve misled the public on a key economic decision. TVA has proposed a discriminatory rate structure change and is hiding its real intent in a desperate measure to limit new technologies and customer freedoms. Public comments for TVA’s new Grid Access Charge policy proposal closed yesterday after just 30 days. Thanks to […]

The Heavy Hand of FPL Changes Law; Preempting Local Governments

Money in politics typically never leads to good outcomes for utility customers. Case in point: a bill recently signed into law by Governor Scott helps power companies – in particular FPL – build new high-voltage transmission lines by preempting local governments’ ability to apply zoning and environmental protection laws to new power line development. FPL exerts […]

Damning Report by Inspector General Exposes the Truth About TVA’s Luxury Jet

After watchdog groups raised questions about the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) purchase of seemingly unnecessary and exorbitant aircraft, TVA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report summarizing its own audit of the purchase and use of two of TVA’s most recent luxury toys, a 2015 Cessna Citation 560 XLS+ jet and a 2015 Beechcraft King Air 350i. Strangely missing from this TVA OIG audit is a review of the second jet, a 2017 Cessna Citation 560 XLS+ and a EC 145 Mercedes-Benz style helicopter, both purchased under CEO Bill Johnson’s “life style of the rich and famous” tenure at TVA. The OIG audit clearly shows that TVA could not justify the 2015 purchase of one jet, and yet Johnson went out and bought a second jet in 2017.

In the audit the majority of justifications communicated by TVA executives for the 2015 jet purchase were systematically shown to be imaginary at the best and dishonest at worst. These purchases follow a growing pattern of extraordinary salary and bonuses paid to TVA’s top executives including CEO Bill Johnson as the highest paid Federal employee in the nation current receiving over $6.5 million dollars annually.

The OIG findings come on the heels of a TVA proposal to increase costs for residential and small business customers, adding fixed fees to already inflated residential small business rates that have been increased over the past few years as TVA gave large industrial customers big rate cuts.

Where Does the Florida PSC Stand on Expanding Rooftop Solar?

Where does the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) stand on expanding the benefits of rooftop solar to more Floridians? The 5-member commission, appointed by Governor Scott, failed to approve a proposed solar equipment lease structure for Sunrun at its March 1st Agenda Conference; but the issue could be back before the PSC in the next month. […]

How Students in Memphis are Uplifting Their Community…and How You Can Help!

SACE’s intern, Jazzmyn Davenport, and her fellow college students wanted to find a tangible way to do something to help these struggling residents right now. Last week, they kicked off a one-month giving campaign across multiple campuses called One Less for Plus One, to raise money for a program that helps pay high utility bills for families in need.

Women DRIVING Electric Transportation: Lisa Poger

This blog is the first in a series called Women in EVs – celebrating women leading on the development and adoption of electric vehicles. Other blogs in this series can be found here.   In recognition of International Women’s Month and upcoming Earth Month, we are taking a look at women helping to DRIVE electric transportation forward across the […]

Bills seek to promote solar freedom in SC Legislature

Several bills have been introduced in the South Carolina Legislature to promote solar freedom and reduce energy costs for consumers. These bills seek to help consumers, who are now burdened with having paid for the failed $9 billion VC Summer disaster, by providing options for low-cost power and customer choice. The first of these bills will […]

Solar in the Southeast WEBINAR (this is a recording)

Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar featuring an overview of SACE’s 2017 Solar in the Southeast Annual Report along with time for questions and answers. We recorded that webinar and you can access it here. The report highlights solar data and trends throughout the region, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. We use […]

SunBlockers: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 5 of 5)

This is the final installment in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. To view other blogs in this series, click here. SunBlockers – Not What The Doctor Ordered Part 3 of this series focused on the leaders. Today, we throw some shade at the opposite end of the spectrum – […]

Utility-Scale Dominance: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 4 of 5)

This is part four in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. To view other blogs in this series, click here. Utility-Scale Dominance Solar growth throughout the southeast region has been dominated by utility-scale projects. Unlike markets that offer customers choice in power supplies, monopoly utilities in the Southeast control nearly […]