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 TVA’s system, this information may not appear on your bill, and you may not even be notified when your utility is considering an […]

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. We give credit to the Florida Public Service Commission: By approving the new program, the commission took its first positive step forward on energy efficiency since 2009. Yet a closer review of the written […]

Tampa Electric lights the way to energy efficiency

Today, Tampa Electric took the spotlight – an efficient, LED spotlight. Over the next five years, Tampa Electric will covert all 209,821 of its inefficient street lights to efficient LED fixtures. Tampa Electric’s LED conversion program will reduce peak demand by about 30 megawatts, annual energy use by about 128 gigawatt-hours, and reduce CO2 emissions […]

Who has been getting $1.4 billion in rate cuts from TVA?

Beginning in 2011, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest government-owned utility in the country, began cutting cutting rates for industrial customers. This wasn’t publicly discussed by TVA except as part of a rate restructuring in 2015. TVA hasn’t promoted its rate cuts publicly since then. According to the Synapse report, thanks to these breaks from […]

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 up customers’ energy bills yet again. Last year it was Duke Energy Progress asking to raise rates, and this year, Duke Energy Carolinas wants […]

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 on our monthly residential electricity bills. I made my statement and received zero feedback from the commission. This lack of commitment so far means that we will be continuing to spread awareness about this crucial energy issue.

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!

Clean Line: A TVA Failure of Clean Energy and Environmental Leadership

Thee Tennessee Valley Authority is abdicating its role as a utility leader and its customers will be left holding the bag. In its biggest blow to renewable energy development, TVA has effectively killed the Plains and Eastern Clean Line high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission project.

What do “The Last Jedi” and Georgia actually have in common?

At the end of December, just when everyone was focused on the premier of the new Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi” (and the holiday season), the Georgia Public Service Commission ignored their own Staff’s recommendations – and that of intervenors including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – and unanimously voted to allow the […]

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 […]