Florida’s Solar Outlook Just Got Sunnier

We’re the Sunshine State, right? Yet despite having one of the largest electricity markets in the nation, Florida doesn’t make the top-ten state list for solar development. That may be about to change. Florida is poised, with the implementation of Amendment 4, the defeat of Amendment 1, and continuing dramatic drops in solar prices, to start […]

FL Senate Measure Seeks to Eliminate Onerous Taxes on the Sun

Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes just took a big step toward removing a major roadblock to more solar development in the Sunshine State.  He filed a measure that would end burdensome taxes on solar power. The resolution to amend the state constitution would exempt renewable energy devices from the state’s tangible personal property tax. The […]

Our View: Coal Ash Cleanup Bill Far Short of Our Needs

This guest post originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer’s Opinion Editorials on July 5, 2014. You can access the original piece here. The North Carolina General Assembly is working quickly to pass the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, which has been further weakened by the House and fails to protect North Carolina communities and […]

Pressure Mounts for Duke Energy Coal Ash Cleanup

Since the Dan River coal ash disaster began, North Carolina seems to have become the epicenter in the fight to clean up coal ash dumpsites. All eyes are on Duke Energy and state officials as clean water, public health and environmental justice advocates across the country follow the latest developments and press for strong, comprehensive […]

Florida: Don’t Tax the Sun

This guest blog comes courtesy of John K. Porter, Managing Director of Clean Footprint – Solar Development and Financing There has been a lot of talk coming out of Tallahassee about eliminating burdensome taxes on individuals and businesses to encourage economic development in the state. Yet, when it comes to solar energy, a Florida tax […]

Senate Bill Could Backfire on Charlotte

This guest post was written by Bruce Henderson, writer for the Charlotte Observer, and originally published on the Observer’s Earth & Energy blog. The North Carolina Senate’s move to purge members of three state energy and environmental commissions could upset the Charlotte region’s plan to meet a federal smog standard. The region’s air quality meets […]

Public must come first at Florida PSC

E. L. Jacobs, Jr. As a former chair of the Florida Public Service Commission, I am concerned that recent actions in Tallahassee to dismantle the PSC send the message that the views of the working and bill-paying public count for nothing. Those actions show contempt for balancing the interests of ratepayers with politics. What other […]