Federal Roundup: Recent Executive and Legislative Actions

Federal Roundup: Recent Executive and Legislative Actions

It’s been a few weeks since I updated everyone on executive and legislative actions. Sadly, this is not because there has been nothing to update; so this will be a long one! However, one reason this update is delayed is because I attended an inspiring conference two weeks ago that replenished my “hope budget” and gave me new energy to tackle the many and ever-growing attacks on clean air. Since I blogged last month, several new developments have cropped up and we have new updates:

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Alabama is the 3rd Most Expensive State for Electricity Bills

Alabama is the 3rd Most Expensive State for Electricity Bills

Here we go again. Alabama has been named one of the most energy-expensive states according to WalletHub, a website that provides consumers with free financial information and analysis.

Source: WalletHub

We fared better overall in this year’s report than we did in 2014. Alabama now ranks 13th most expensive, compared to sixth two years ago. While that is an improvement, electricity bills continue to be the main driver.

Related: Read our statement on Climate Change & Energy Policy

Alabama ranked 3rd most expensive for monthly electricity bills behind Hawaii and South Carolina Alabama and just …

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Here Comes the Sun: Project Sunroof Shows Your Potential

When you think of Google, you probably think of searching the internet for those random questions that pop into your head throughout the day. Or maybe email, chat, mapping directions, document collaboration or one of a dozen other ubiquitous products the company is known for.

But Google is also an advocate for clean, renewable energy and just so happens to be the world’s largest corporate purchaser of clean energy. The company launched Project Sunroof last August in three metro areas — San Francisco, Fresno and  Boston — calling it “a kind of treasure map of …

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Curveball at the Supreme Court: Clean Power Plan Blocked

Curveball at the Supreme Court: Clean Power Plan Blocked

On February 8, 2016, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an administrative stay that halted the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan would have denied the stay.

On January 21, 2016 the D.C. Circuit Court denied a stay on the Clean Power Plan. From there, twenty-nine states, including Alabama, and numerous industry groups filed 5 separate stay applications with the U.S. Supreme Court. It is unusual for the U.S. Supreme Court to block federal regulations, especially where the D.C. …

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Utility Charges Hamper Alabama’s Nascent Clean Energy Economy

Utility Charges Hamper Alabama’s Nascent Clean Energy Economy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new white paper released today by health advocacy organization Gasp examines the detrimental impact of charges imposed on residential utility customers who install solar power on their own homes. The report — “An Analysis of Utility Network Use Charges for Rooftop Solar: What’s Fair?” — highlights an Alabama Power charge of $5 per kilowatt per month (which is in addition to a $5 per month connection fee).

These fines stymie growth of the solar industry, penalize homeowners who simply wish to do the …

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Mississippi Beats Alabama to Net Metering

Mississippi Beats Alabama to Net Metering

I’m sure you’ve heard Alabamians say “thank God for Mississippi.” Whether we are looking for a silver lining whilst bemoaning Alabama’s low rankings for education or obesity, in many categories, Alabama edges out Mississippi to where Alabamians can breathe a sigh of relief that we are not the worst.

However, that old adage is not quite as comforting as it once was. This is especially true when it comes to how customers in Alabama and Mississippi are treated by the regulators who balance their interests with …

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Bringing Solar Energy to Low-Income Households

Bringing Solar Energy to Low-Income Households

Solar energy is the fastest growing source of electricity in the U.S. Last year, the amount of solar capacity installed in the U.S. every three weeks was equivalent to the entire amount of solar capacity installed for the year in 2008. Not only is the solar energy industry rapidly expanding, but also costs are dramatically declining. Since 2008, the cost of photovoltaic (PV) panels has declined by over 80 percent.

Source: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-industry-data

The growth of the solar energy industry is great news for not only the …

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Let’s Talk About Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy

Let’s Talk About Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy

As temps dip down into the teens this week, many people are looking for ways to simultaneously conserve energy and stay nice and warm. While conservation tips are helpful in the short-term, it’s also important to think about long-term energy efficiency measures we can all take. That way, the next time temps drop, we can enjoy a hot chocolate with our family rather than scramble to adjust ceiling fan rotation and put towels under our doors and windows.

We reached out to Daniel Tait, CEO of the Alabama …

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