Local utility quietly clouds solar future

But this past August, our local electric utility company passed perhaps the worst solar power policy in the south. Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) introduced an extremely complicated electric, water and sewer rate increase the same week historic, 1,000-year flooding occurred in Louisiana. The new rate structure for net metered customers, including solar power families like mine, is likely to double monthly electric bills, and double the length of time it takes for a solar panel system to pay for itself. The new policy effectively acts as a giant tax on solar power. Solar tax credits are being phased out, and when coupled with LUS’s new solar tax, it is unlikely that solar power systems would ever pay for themselves.

North Carolina’s Secret Agenda to Destroy Renewable Energy

North Carolina’s Senate Bill 843 was introduced recently, and if implemented, would flush the entire renewable energy industry down the toilet.

Super Tuesday: Why are conservatives crazy in love with THIS type of energy?

Conservatives strongly support clean energy. The strongest reasons why conservatives support clean energy include less pollution, more innovation and greater independence. “Voters, including Conservative Republicans, think clean energy keeps us healthier, safer, and more prosperous,” says the ClearPath results headline. When asked if “we should accelerate the growth of clean energy so that America can have cleaner, healthier air and less pollution at home,” some 91% of voters supported the statement.

Dirt cheap renewables beating fossil fuels on price

Wind energy has reached record low prices. Wind energy has reached $32-$77 per megawatt hour (MWh) without federal incentives. If the federal Production Tax Credit or Investment Tax Credit is included, wind energy pricing may be $14-$63/MWh.
Utility-scale solar power has reached record low prices. Solar power has reached $50-$70/MWh without federal incentives.

Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewables

A new, peer-reviewed article published in the scientific journal SCIENCE estimates that 3 million hectares of land (that’s 11,583 square miles, or 30,000 square kilometers) have been lost due to oil and gas well pads, storage tanks and associated roads developed in North America since the year 2000. Rangeland and cropland through the heartland have been particularly […]

Corporate Social Responsibility with Renewable Power, is Coca-Cola Next?

With its ambitious 35% renewable energy goals by 2020, and with key federal tax credit incentives soon expiring, it’s possible Coca-Cola could soon join other major, responsible corporations and purchase substantial quantities of wind and solar power.

We Need to Support All Types of Solar: Utility-Scale, Rooftop, Community, and More

This guest blog was written by Jim Marston, the founding director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The original post was posted on May 20 and can be found here.  Solar energy is booming – and you needn’t look further for proof of its success than Brian H. Potts’ recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. When a […]

Powering Through Key West Hurricanes at Ruben Valdez’s Solar Home

The idea of going solar was one that stuck in his mind particularly because of the special weather concerns that South Florida can bring. “I’m in hurricane country here, and this area is prone to get hit quite often. I knew that backup power would be a good idea, either from a generator or another source. I chose solar partially because it doesn’t require fuel, like a generator would. If a hurricane hits and we get flooded, fuel can be hard to come by. Solar is reliable.”

Florida Can Save Money Under the Clean Power Plan

This blog was written by Pamela Rivera at the Natural Resources Defense Council and originally appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard blog.  You can find the original post here. Earlier this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its draft Clean Power Plan (CPP) standards for cutting carbon pollution from existing, coal-fired power plants in Florida and other states […]

Rural Clean Energy Awards and Grants Announced

USDA cost-share grant funds are available for rural renewables!