Columnists: Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams is a staff attorney in Chicago with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Ohio Wraps Up its SB 310 ‘Energy Mandates’ Committee

It would seem counterintuitive to freeze a state law that has reaped over a billion of dollars in financial rewards for consumers, added thousands of well-paying local jobs to a struggling economy, and protected public health by enabling significant reductions in climate change-causing carbon emissions. But that’s exactly what Ohio did in 2014. Last spring,   …Continue Reading

The Flyers and Local Dayton Community Embrace Ohio’s Energy Future Tour and Are Ready for Energy Innovation

Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a statewide series of forums for Ohioans to discuss the positive economic and health impacts of clean energy in their lives and communities, completed its third stop at the University of Dayton last month, sponsored by the Hanley Sustainability Institute. The University, which has deep historical roots in the local community,   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Prospects Surge for Minnesota Utilities

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has rejected a nearly two-fold increase in fixed charges for CenterPoint Energy Resource’s residential customers, and ordered a mechanism – decoupling – for the gas utility that’s aimed at encouraging more energy savings for the state’s homes, businesses and industry. Last week’s ruling sets an important precedent for states striving   …Continue Reading

Proposed Clean Energy ‘Freeze’ in Ohio: Debunking the Myths

  Two weeks ago, the Senate passed SB 310, the now-infamous “freeze” on Ohio’s clean energy standards.  But what proponents of the bill do not want Ohioans to know is that the version that made its way to the Senate floor bore little resemblance to the bill that was originally advertised by its sponsor (Sen.   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency, Demand Response Prevent Power Shortages during Extreme Weather

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast. The subzero weather strained more than just our patience; it put a serious pinch on the energy grid. As   …Continue Reading