Category: Solar

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NYT digs into utilities’ efforts to slow down rooftop solar

Utilities will keep attacking rooftop solar, sometimes using customers' money to do it. But in the long run, they cannot win.

/ July 11, 2017

Emails show Wisconsin Commissioner Nowak’s relationship with utility industry players

Wisconsin Public Service Commissioner Ellen Nowak attended several private events at the behest of groups funded by the Koch Brothers and utility interests in 2016, according to documents obtained by UtilitySecrets.org. Some of the groups paid for Nowak’s travel, including...

/ July 7, 2017

PR Firm behind American Gas Association front group also member and consultant for Edison Electric Institute

The nation’s largest electric utilities have been relying on a political consulting shop to portray their efforts to attack rooftop solar as having support from the “grassroots” for at least the past year. The consulting group, DDC Consulting, has carved...

/ June 20, 2017

EIA’s assumptions short-change clean energy, and are frequently wrong

Every year, energy nerds breathlessly await the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). As my previous post explained, the AEO is critical because U.S. utilities, as well as global analysts and other governments, depend on the AEO’s...

/ April 27, 2017
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Florida Power & Light drafted sections of “Florida Distributed Solar Equipment Consumer Protection Act”

Florida Power & Light drafted language that ended up in a Florida legislator’s bill and would restrict the adoption of solar power in Florida, according an email exchange that the Energy and Policy Institute obtained via a public record request. In an email...

/ April 6, 2017

New DOE Chief of Staff, Brian McCormack, Played Critical Role in EEI’s Rooftop Solar Campaign

Brian McCormack, most recently of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), will become Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s chief of staff, reports confirmed yesterday. Previously, McCormack was EEI’s vice president of political and external affairs and one of the highest paid staffers at...

/ March 14, 2017
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PNM, Edison Electric Institute lead deceptive attack on rooftop solar in New Mexico

Supposed "customer protection" legislation proposed in New Mexico is the latest chapter in monopoly utilities' plot to kill rooftop solar.

/ February 21, 2017