Month: May 2017

Despite record solar+storage deal, TEP still plans more gas, underwhelming solar growth

Tucson is awash in sunshine, but TEP’s future plans indicate that it will continue running very old coal plants, and increasing its use of natural gas far more than solar.

/ May 31, 2017
A Secure Nevada's Future Facebook against AB206

More hints of who’s behind anti-clean energy group in Nevada, but still no money trail

A lobbyist with a history of setting up corporate-funded dark money groups is behind a new effort to block an upgrade to a key Nevada renewable energy law.

/ May 31, 2017

Travis Fisher: Author of Rick Perry’s grid study called clean energy policies a greater threat than terrorism

Travis Fisher, a Trump political appointee in the Department of Energy, wrote a 2015 report for the Institute for Energy Research that called clean energy policies “the single greatest emerging threat” to the nation’s electric power grid, and a greater...

/ May 30, 2017
Sheldon Adelson

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson stands between Nevada and a renewable energy future

The Nevada Assembly passed a bill that would increase the growth of renewable energy in the state, but Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and major donor to Donald Trump, is attempting to prevent the bill from becoming law.

/ May 25, 2017
The Kemper "clean coal" power plant.

Bombshell Votes at Southern Company Annual Meeting for Cleaner Energy, Against CEO Fanning

Southern Company shareholders asserted their disapproval of chief executive officer Tom Fanning, and nearly half the shareholders' votes were cast in favor of steering the company toward climate-friendly energy policies.

/ May 24, 2017
A sign protesting Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline from a Virginia grassroots group.

Front group paid by Dominion releases shady poll showing support for Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Consumer Energy Alliance - a front group paid by Dominion Energy and other oil, gas and utility interests - released a poll which it says shows support for Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline

/ May 22, 2017

Arizona’s Andy Tobin Asks for Subsidy to Keep Coal Plant Running

Last week, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin proposed a Settlement Agreement to keep one of the oldest, most polluting coal plants in the Western U.S., Navajo Generating Station (NGS), running for another five years. Tobin also wrote a letter to...

/ May 4, 2017