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Regardless of Fierce Opposition, Rooftop Solar Is Unstoppable

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.04.2016 | Green
Javier Sierra

As the Spanish saying goes, the sun is the poor man's blanket. And thanks to technology, it's also our heating system, air conditioner, refrigerator a...

Solar Power Is Under Serious Threat

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2017 | Green
The Conversation US

The battle between the solar industry and electric utilities has the makings of a classic David versus Goliath tale, but the debate raises legitimate questions, notably: how should regulations be updated to recognize the growth of solar while still ensuring a reliable and affordable power system? And ultimately what value do distributed solar and utilities provide to society.

The Keys to Hawaiʻi's Energy Future are in All of Our Hands

Kyle Datta | Posted 10.26.2016 | Hawaii
Kyle Datta

One of the greatest challenges our children and grandchildren will face will be the struggle for clean and affordable energy production. It is a concern on a global scale, impacting world economies and fueling political conflicts at a great cost to both the environment and human lives.

Water Wars: 2,300 Miles Apart

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Cash-strapped municipal governments might see selling their water utilities as a quick answer, but they should critically evaluate the proposals received, understand the amount of control they are ceding to a private entity, and determine if their constituents can afford the switch.

A Word to States: Question Senator McConnell's Climate Advice

Earthjustice | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

If states choose to follow Senator McConnell's bad advice, it is more likely that electricity rates will continue to rise. However, the sooner a state chooses to embark on the path toward energy efficiency and renewable energy, the better for the ratepayer.

Zombie Attacks on Rooftop Solar

Michael Brune | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

In the past, I have compared big, polluting fossil fuel companies to zombies. Now I feel bad. Upon reflection, I believe I may have been a little unfair -- to zombies. You might not like zombies, but you can't really blame them for being that way.

The New New Net Neutrality

John M. Eger | Posted 01.01.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

What is being proposed is simple. Treat Internet providers like common carriers -- like utilities, which they are -- but recognizing that even common carriers could offer private lines to large corporate users or anyone else that wanted such a special service.

Aging Utilities Killing Americans and Their Future

Pat LaMarche | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

About a hundred first responders are meeting in Long Beach, California this week to discuss -- among other things -- the state of the nation's infrastructure.

How to Win a Tap Water Taste Contest

Daniel Moss | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Daniel Moss

With improved source protection, consumer confidence in tap water is likely to rise -- and could spell trouble for the bottled water boom.

Solar Panels Empower Low-Income Latino Communities: The Utilities Try to Spoil the Fiesta

Javier Sierra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

When it comes to the sun, for Rosa Mayorga and her family, everything that glitters is indeed gold.

Cutting Off Water For Traffic Violators And Other Bizzare Ways Towns Are Coping With Budget Woes

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business

In one New Mexico town you won’t just be in hot water for not paying your traffic fines, you won’t have any water at all. Traffic violators in...

You Can See It in the Faces

Saul Segan | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Saul Segan

The practice of law is an absolute honor and a privilege. When anyone is fortunate enough to be able to earn their livelihood by helping others to improve their lives and relieve their stresses, care should be taken to launch gratitude as a prime emotion.

Storms Wipe Out Utilities, States Rethinking Budgets

Wall Street Journal | REBECCA SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A winter storm that knocked out power to more than 1.3 million homes and businesses from Arkansas to Ohio is likely to increase state inquiries into u...