25th US City Commits to 100% Renewables

25th US City Commits to 100% Renewables

Fully 25 U.S. cities now have committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy, following city council votes on March 21 establishing 100 percent renewable energy goals in Madison, Wisconsin, and in Abita Springs, Louisiana, the environmental advocacy group Sierra Club reported this week.

Sierra Club-OhmConnect Affinity Program Will Pay California Customers for Peak Savings

The Sierra Club and OhmConnect announced a partnership on February 16 that offers energy customers in several parts of California the opportunity to join a six-month pilot project under which,  “[participants will] receive the payments they are entitled to when they save energy at specific … Read more…

AEP Ohio Settlement Castigated As Another ‘Utility Bailout’

Another so-called “utility bailout” case has been resolved – but not to the satisfaction of ratepayers, retail energy suppliers, or environmentalists – among them, the nationwide Retail Energy Supply Association, which commented, “Once again the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) staff has agreed to … Read more…

Vectren Loses Indiana Appeal

The Indiana Court of Appeals on October 29 struck down (Case No. 93A02-1502-EX-110) approval of Vectren’s plan to spend roughly $90 million in ratepayer money on its aging A.B. Brown and F.B. Culley coal-fired power plants outside Evansville, Indiana. The court found that the Indiana … Read more…

Georgia Power to Retire 15 Oil- and Coal-Fired Plants

Georgia Power to Retire 15 Oil- and Coal-Fired Plants

Georgia Power says it plans to phase out 15 aging oil- and coal-fired power plants, totaling 2,061 MW, in a move touted by environmental groups as a win for renewable energy.

The cost to comply with existing and future environmental regulations, recent and forecasted economic conditions, and lower natural gas prices contributed to the decision to close these plants, according to Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility and the largest arm of mega energy company Southern Company.

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Energy-Efficiency Investments ‘Could Save West Virginia $800m’

Energy-Efficiency Investments ‘Could Save West Virginia $800m’

Investing in energy-efficiency projects such as high-efficiency lighting, HVAC, and motors could save FirstEnergy and American Electric Power customers in West Virginia millions of dollars, avoid “unnecessary coal plants” and create 19,500 jobs, according to a report by Optimal Energy, commissioned by the Sierra Club.

The report, titled Save Money, Create Jobs: How Energy Efficiency Can Work for West Virginia, says meeting the total achievable energy-efficiency potential through 2016 could save the state’s two major utility companies’ customers a total of $800 million over the life of the efficiency investments, $550 million more than with the companies’ current plans.

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