A global coalition of 25 institutional investors with over forty five billion pounds in assets under management is calling on nine major publicly listed companies to review their membership of lobbying groups that seek to undermine EU climate policy.
Fossil fuel energy companies and their supporters – including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Duke Energy – continue to dominate the funding of Conservative lobby group American Legislative Exchange Council‘s (ALEC ) annual meeting, according to a list of ALEC’s conference sponsors obtained jointly by the Center for Media and Democracy and Greenpeace.
The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013
By Roy L Hales
Environment California’s report Lighting the Way is a guidebook to the US Solar Boom. The 51 page report, written by Jordan Schneider & Rob Sargent, focuses on 10 key states who collectively possess 87% of US installed capacity.
Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy. Continue reading The Other Opponents of Wind Energy→
News of Rooftop Solar’s most recent victory reached me on Friday, April 4. The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) issued a press release stating, “Fresh on the heels of recent ALEC defeats in Utah and Washington, the solar industry today declares victory in Kansas. Across the country, many utilities are attacking the solar industry (and the utilities’ own customers) by attempting to eliminate net metering.” Is that what the utilities have been trying to do? Continue reading What Really Happened in Kansas?→
The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) today announced yet another win for rooftop solar: the Vermont Legislature voted to increase the state’s solar net metering cap from 4% of a utility’s peak load to 15%. The bill, H. 702, is headed to Governor Shumlin’s desk for signature and represents the eighth straight victory for solar net metering in 2013 and 2014. Continue reading Solar Extends Win Streak with Vermont Decision→
The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) today announced two new wins for rooftop solar in 2014 as the public continues to defeat attacks from anti-solar utilities, their national trade association Electric Institute (EEI), and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In Utah and the state of Washington, solar advocates preserved net metering with zero changes to this core rooftop solar policy. Continue reading Rooftop Solar wins in Washington & Utah→
The relationship between Colorado’s rooftop solar industry and the state’s principal investor owned utility, Xcel, seemed good in 2012. Xcel had reason to be proud of the solar topped schools, homes and libraries that it had partnered with local installers on build. The utility’s annual reports mention being able to provide more electricity with a smaller carbon footprint. Continue reading February 3: The Threat to Colorado’s Rooftop Solar→