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

Electric Vehicles
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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Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster

This post is the second 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 Democratic Nominee for South Carolina Governor James Smith, 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: Henry McMaster

Henry McMaster has served in the office of the Governor of South Carolina since January of last year, when he moved from the role as Lieutenant Governor when then-Governor Nikki Haley vacated the seat to accept her appointment to the role of U.N. Ambassador for the United States.

Renewables

During his time in the office of Governor, McMaster has shown support for utility-scale and residential solar power. His campaign website says: “As the demand for power grows, so too will the need for increased production from sources like solar, wind and hydropower.”

Last year, Gov. McMaster supported the South Carolina solar industry by taking steps to fight federal tariffs on solar panels that were being considered at the time. In December 2017, McMaster testified at a U.S. Trade Representative hearing to voice opposition to the tariffs, saying “Solar power generation is an important part of South Carolina’s current and future prosperity and the extraordinary tariffs sought in this case risk disrupting the otherwise bright future of solar power in South Carolina […].” Read more…

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Electric Vehicle Weekly News Roundup – Aug 24

Electric Vehicles
This week, Interesting Engineering highlights fourteen electric vehicles in What Are the Best Electric Cars of 2018? The article also takes a trip back-in-time sharing with readers a little history lesson on the early beginnings of electric vehicles.

Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, offered up a piece called Union Of Concerned Scientists’ President: Electric Cars RockAs you might guess, the article is flattering of his new Bolt EV, but he also identifies ways to make the broad adoption of EVs happen faster.

Also, Hyundai has released their electric range rating by the EPA for their new Kona all-electric crossover and it’s sitting at the top of the class with 258 miles! Hyundai has not, however, offered what the pricing will be or when it will make its way to the US. We will have to wait and see. Read more…

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Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy

This post is the first in a series of blogs examining where 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. 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.

After Florida’s voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Southeastern primaries will conclude and we’ll officially be entering the general election season for the 2018 midterms. Although SACE cannot profile the hundreds of candidates vying for state and federal offices across our region, we are committed to profiling the major party candidates for the highest profile, most competitive races where support for clean energy policies could be a factor that sways voters.

Each week, starting next Wednesday, we’ll publish new blogs in this series examining where various candidates stand on a range of energy issues: renewables, energy efficiency, clean transportation, climate change, fossil fuels, and nuclear. Read more…

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