Lee Samelson commented on Xcel's Community Solar Delays 2015-11-09 17:14:19 -0600Of course, this is not just about singling out Xcel. Every time I turn around I hear some story about some utility behemoth trying to chill the market for solar- American Electric Power, Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service, FirstEnergy, Warren Buffet and We Energies (and the list goes on…)
Energy monopoly groups have had secret conferences on how they will try to get state utility regulators to put punitive taxes on distributed solar- all because they don’t know how to make a business from it. There is a whole dark network of Astroturf groups launching attack ads and outright lies about net metering and other popular pro-solar policies.
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Lee Samelson followed Minneapolis Energy Pathways Study recommends an innovative, first-in-the-nation “Clean Energy Coordinating Partnership” 2014-02-24 08:15:45 -0600
Minneapolis Energy Pathways Study recommends an innovative, first-in-the-nation “Clean Energy Coordinating Partnership”
On Monday February 24th 2014, the Health, Environment and Community Engagement Committee (HE&CE) in the Minneapolis City Council will hear a presentation of the long-awaited Energy Pathways Study. The City Council approved this study to consider alternative pathways to the status quo energy system in preparation for renegotiating the franchise agreements with Xcel and Centerpoint that expire at the end of this year.
Here are the four different energy pathways examined, ranked by increasing city responsibility and control:
1: Enhanced (broader set of goals) Franchise agreements
2: A City-Utility Partnership
3: Community Choice Aggregation (Minneapolis contracting directly for energy supply)
4: Independently owned and operated Municipal Utility
For the immediate term, the Energy Pathways Study recommends a dual strategy that combines pathways #1 and #2 yet still considers pathways #3 and #4 on a longer-term scale.Read more