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BOULDER AND THE SPREAD OF COMMUNITY CHOICE UTILITIES

Boulder Colorado’s election results are being heralded as yet another “solar victory,” in a string that stretches back to the Louisiana and Idaho Public Utilities Commissions decisions earlier this year. The relevant questions on the ballot, however, pertain to Boulder’s attempt to join more than 1,300 American communities that have formed their own utility. Question 310 would More Info »

EHC Sues

EHC SUES OVER MISLEADING INFORMATION USED FOR PETITION

The EnvironmentalHealth Coalition (EHC) has filed a lawsuit against the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association for intentionally misrepresenting facts to illegally collect signatures for its industry-funded referendum to repeal the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update. City clerk Elizabeth Maland and county registrar Michael Vu are also being sued, for to not validate the signatures obtained under false pretenses. EHC will also More Info »

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ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION IMPOSES “COMPROMISE” SOLAR FEE

They started gathering outside of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) building, in Phoenix, at 6 am, on Wednesday morning. There were reputedly close to 1,000 and by noon 107 had testified to the Commission. Some wore the green shirts that marked them out as employees of SolarCity, America’s leading rooftop solar company. Others were connected to More Info »

THE PROTEST OUTSIDE SEMPRA ENERGY

PUBLIC UTILITIES & THE NECESSITY FOR CHANGE

On page 4 of an Edison Electric Institute (EEI) booklet called Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail, “Distributed Energy Resources” (the best known source of which is Rooftop solar) is identified as “the largest near-term threat to the utility model.” Though the impact of this “disruptive technology” is still small, More Info »