Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for Georgia PSC District 5 – Dawn Randolph

This post is the seventh in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Republican Nominee for Georgia Public Service Commission District 5, Tricia Pridemore, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Dawn Randolph

Dawn Randolph is the Democratic candidate for Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) representing District 5. She has worked as a consumer protection advocate and consultant to nonprofit organizations. Her accomplishments include working with legislators to secure funding for services for people with disabilities, mental health, and substance use programs.

 

Renewables

On her campaign website, Dawn Randolph states that “Georgia should take the lead in renewable energy capacity”and that the PSC “must ensure the rebates and incentives for solar are well known to all consumers. Solar installation costs have fallen significantly in the past decade and the industry is approaching a $1 billion economic impact in Georgia.” She has also promised to “stay on top of emerging technologies, encourage investments and reduce regulatory barriers.” When questioned about the energy mix in Georgia during a Democratic primary debate, Randolph also stated that Georgia could do a lot more with biomass. Read more…

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Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for Georgia PSC District 5 Tricia Pridemore

This post is the sixth in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Democratic Nominee for Georgia Public Service Commission District 5, Dawn Randolph, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Tricia Pridemore

Tricia Pridemore was appointed to the Public Service Commission in February 2018. She has served on the Board of Governors for the Georgia World Congress Center Board, and was a member of the 2011 Transition team of Governor Deal. She also co-chaired Governor Deal’s Inaugural Committees in 2011 and again in 2015.

Renewables

During a Republican primary debate in May 2018, Commissioner Pridemore said “I am proud, as a member of the Commission, for the votes that I’ve taken for expanded solar projects both in Dougherty and Mitchell county just this year.” She has also noted the state’s opportunities around biomass: “Georgia leads in forestry, and new federal revaluation of biomass means more opportunities for clean energy!” Read more…

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Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for Georgia PSC District 3 Lindy Miller

This post is the fifth in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Republican Nominee for Georgia Public Service Commission for District 3, Chuck Eaton, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Lindy Miller

Lindy Miller is the Democratic candidate for Georgia Public Service Commission representing District 3. She has held several jobs related to energy and policy, including co-founding an energy company with a mission to help transform Georgia’s energy marketplace by developing and operating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. As a policy practitioner, she also held the position of Associate Director of Global PublicPolicy at Deloitte LLP.

Renewables

Lindy Miller’s campaign website highlights solar as an opportunity for the state of Georgia: “The advanced energy economy is fueling a rapid increase in new jobs. From front-line solar panel installers and construction workers to accountants and coders, this high-growth sector has the potential to bring tens of thousands of new jobs and tremendous innovation to Georgia.” She goes on to describe community solar programs as “essential to the future of Georgia’s economy.” Read more…

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Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for Georgia PSC District 3 Chuck Eaton

This post is the fourth in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Democratic Nominee for Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lindy Miller, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Chuck Eaton

Chuck Eaton is the Republican candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission representing District 3. He was first elected to the Commission in 2006 and held the position of Chairman for four years. He enrolled at Georgia State Law School in 2009 and was admitted to practice law in 2013.

Renewables

Chuck Eaton has stated these views of solar as a form of generation: “If you looked at solar six years ago, you would have determined that it was not competitive here in Georgia,” and “Now it is and you need to have another look at it. But you can’t rely on it because of its intermittent nature. Still, it provides diversity in peak usage scenarios.” He recently voted in favor of a 1 megawatt highway solar project with Georgia Power. He has also praised the job-creation aspects of solar manufacturing: “500 more manufacturing jobs coming to the #1 state to do business. Doing everything we can at the PSC to support Governor Deal’s recruitment efforts with competitive, diverse and reliable energy. Great that more GA workers will be making solar cells!” Read more…

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Wired In Newsletter: August / September 2018

 

With the summer months fully in the rear view mirror, we look forward to fall and this year’s exciting 2018 mid-term election. Our staff has been busy researching and profiling several key state and federal races throughout the Southeast in our “2018 Candidates On Energy” weekly blog series. Follow the blog series here for new candidate profiles each week or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #2018CandidatesOnEnergy hashtag. Lastly, we encourage you to make a plan to be a clean energy voter by checking your registration here.

 

Article 1: National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8-16

Article 2: High Electric Bills Spark Outcry from Customers

Article 3: JEA Demand: Protect Customers, Stop Gambling on Vogtle Nuclear Reactors


1. National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8-16

Are you curious about electric vehicles? Then mark your calendars because National Drive Electric Week is right around the corner! This year, it kicks off on September 8 and runs through September 16th. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more from electric vehicle owners who will share their experiences, see a wide range of models that are available, and at some events test drive an electric car!

Drive Electric Week started in 2011 as a single day event and has grown to an entire week. Each passing year adds more drivers sharing the advantages of driving electric in additional cities and has become an international phenomenon. Once again, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is proud to partner with other clean energy groups, dealers, and EV drivers at events taking place all over the South!

There are all different types of events including electric tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, informational booths, and most are led by local plug-in drivers and advocates. The vibe is designed to be fun and relaxed so you can feel free to ask questions and learn in a stress-free environment.

Are you considering going electric? Come to one of the events listed and see for yourself! To find an event near you, go here. Here are some highlighted events in our region:

Tennessee

Chattanooga, Sept. 8, 10 AM-3 PM, link here.

Knoxville, Sept. 8, Noon- 4 PM, link here.

Memphis, Sept. 9, 9 AM-4 PM, link here.

Florida

New Port Richey, Sept 8, 10 AM-2 PM link here.

Ft. Lauderdale, Sept 8, 10 AM-4 PM, link here.

Miami, Sept 13, 5 PM-9 PM, link here.

Sarasota, Sept 15, 10 AM-2 PM, link here.

North Carolina

Asheville, Sept 9, 12 PM-4 PM, link here.

Georgia

Alpharetta, Sept. 8, 11 AM-4 PM, link here.

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Throughout the Southeast, Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice this Saturday, September 8th

This Saturday, September 8th — the weekend before San Francisco’s Global Climate Action Summit — thousands of people around the nation will gather to demand bold action on climate, jobs, and justice as a part of the Peoples Climate Movement.

The Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice events aim to mobilize tens of thousands of people into streets, town halls, and community forums across the U.S. to show our leaders that “on this day, and every day, climate matters.” Participants will call for a just transition to a 100-percent clean energy future.

If you want to see clean, safe, and healthy communities now and for future generations, now’s the time to show our elected and private sector leaders that climate needs to be a priority. You don’t need to be an activist to join; anyone and everyone who supports climate action is encouraged to participate.

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National Drive Electric Week Kicks Off Soon!

Are you curious about electric vehicles? Then mark your calendars because the annual National Drive Electric Week is right around the corner! This year, it kicks off on September 8 and runs through September 16. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see a wide range of models that are available, learn more from electric vehicle (EV) owners who will share their experiences, and at some events you can test drive an electric car!

Drive Electric Week started in 2011 as a single day event and has grown to an entire week. Each passing year adds additional cities and more drivers sharing the advantages of driving electric and has become an international phenomenon. Once again, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is proud to partner with other clean energy groups, dealers, and EV drivers at events taking place all over the South!

There are all different types of events including electric vehicle tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, informational booths, and most are led by local EV drivers and advocates. The vibe is designed to be fun and relaxed so you can feel free to ask questions and learn in a stress-free environment. Read more…

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Electric Vehicle Weekly News Roundup – Aug 31

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Here is some very exciting news for the ‘affordable EV’ market. A new car manufacturer, Kandi Technology Group, is bringing two electric cars to America. The K22 model is a subcompact car that is slated to cost under $20K. With the Federal Tax Credit, it puts the price-tag under $13K for a new EV!

CARTA electric bus. Photo courtesy of Philip Pugliese, Prova Group, CARTA

Although the total cost to own is lower for electric buses, many municipalities struggle with the initial premium cost. Fortunately, through the Federal Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant Program, many new electric buses are coming to several Southeast states. Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida all received funding to transition their fleets to cleaner electric! Check out what other projects were funded through the fiscal year 2018 Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program Projects. Read more…

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Let Me See the Fee – Electric Bill Transparency

What do you see on your monthly electric bill? More importantly, what don’t you see? If you live in the Tennessee Valley and get your power from TVA, your bills have probably been going up due to rising fixed fees TVA approved for your local power company (or LPC). However, a majority of TVA ratepayers cannot see the fee on their monthly bills. Customers deserve to know what they are paying for each month. This lack of transparency has caused us to sound the alarm for transparency: let me see the fee!

TVA attempts to disguise rising fixed fees by touting low rates, but your bill is more than TVA’s rate. Monthly bills are comprised of 1) TVA rates, 2) usage, & 3) fixed fees. Just as fixed fees continue to increase, TVA continues to brag about low rates while simultaneously raising them with another 1.5% rate increase just last week. These increases, even if you can’t see them, are hurting your pocket book.

SACE reviewed electric bills from over one hundred LPCs, representing 88% of the ratepayers in the TVA service territory. At least 85% of the LPCs do not list the fixed fee on their residential electric bills.

Of the 88% of surveyed TVA ratepayers, 85% do not have a visible fixed fee on their monthly bill.

Transparency is a defining and desired value in government, leadership, consumer rights, and utility rate making. Electric rates should also be simple: simple to locate, simple to understand, and simple to manage. TVA is a government corporation that serves 154 local power companies (LPCs), the utilities that administer bills, collect revenues, and manage the distribution grid. LPCs serve over four million customers. It is the duty of both TVA and the LPCs to provide transparent and simple bills for ratepayers.

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Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for South Carolina Governor James Smith

This post is the third in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. SACE’s Sarah Gilliam and Chris Carnevale collaborated on this post. To read the candidate profile for Republican Nominee for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: James E. Smith

James Smith is the Democratic candidate for South Carolina governor and currently serves in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 72 (Richland County). He has served in the state House of Representatives since 1997 and worked on many energy issues in the past year as a founding member of the bipartisan S.C. Energy Caucus and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which reviewed many of the energy-related bills this year.

Renewables

James Smith’s campaign website states: “When James Smith is governor, he will pursue economic development opportunities in emerging fields to ensure South Carolina stays on the cutting edge. As governor, he will expand the growth in solar and renewable energy.” Read more…

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