Category: Solar

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Former Legislator That Was Critical of Solar to Public Service Commission

Governor Rick Scott’s latest pick for the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is David Richard Workman, a former state legislator who blocked an effort to make it easier for businesses to install solar panels and has been critical of the...

/ September 28, 2017
Two workers installing rooftop solar panels

Poll: Americans support net metering and solar, despite utilities’ attacks

A new poll has again found majority support for net metering and increasing solar power among Americans from across the political spectrum, despite years of attacks from the utility industry. Researchers at the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College conducted...

/ September 7, 2017
Renewable energy: solar panels

Candidates for Florida Public Service Commission Echo Utility Industry Solar Talking Points

Candidates for three open seats on the Florida Public Service Commission revealed a range of views – some of which are not well supported by facts – on solar power during interviews for the job. The Florida Public Service Nominating...

/ September 5, 2017

Utility Industry Third-Parties Emerge in Utah to Defend Rocky Mountain Power’s Proposed Solar Fees

The Utah state Public Service Commission delayed hearings over Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed new fees on rooftop solar customers until the week of September 18 as parties continue their settlement talks, but this has not stopped people with ties to...

/ August 25, 2017

How Central Maine Power killed a popular pro-rooftop solar bill

Central Maine Power used its money and political influence to kill a pro-rooftop solar bill that was supported by a majority of state legislators, with the help of Governor Paul LePage and some Republican lawmakers. The utility, which is a...

/ August 21, 2017
Two workers installing rooftop solar panels

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