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Does LA DWP Billing Scandal Extend to Sweetheart Settlement With Over-Billing Attorney?

Jamie Court | Posted 09.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

The LA Department of Water and Power's overbilling scandals are epic. DWP is one of the least accountable agencies in the city. When it said it was cleaning up its act, it reached out to a Chicago attorney and cut a deal to allegedly pay ratepayers back.

Post-Katrina Struggles Continue in the Lower Ninth Ward and Parts of West Bank New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

In the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Rev. Charles Duplessis of Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church says an estimate that less than half of that area's pre-Katrina population has returned looks accurate.

'Green News Report' - August 6, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Polluters and their allies line up to attack Obama's new landmark emissions rule; Majority of Americans support cutting emissions and fighting global warming; and Republicans get a new 2016 contender -- try to guess his position on climate change.

'Green News Report' - August 4, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.04.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: President Obama announces historic climate action to slash carbon emiss...

The Secret Network of Fossil Fuel and Utility Backed Groups Working to Stop Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

While some fossil fuel companies claim they support renewable energy, actions behind the scenes tell a different story. Many are backing front groups to create barriers for the deployment of renewables. These front groups serve as a critical component, adding a supposed "independent" voice to state energy policy debates.

You Might be Surprised How Soon You'll be Driving an Electric Car

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some things in this world happen slowly: water boiling, finding the bathroom at a concert, Mondays. But one thing that doesn't is innovation in the electric car industry; this happens fast.

Markets Around the World Drop 2-4% on Greek Worries.

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Natalie Pace

The announcement that the banks and stock market in Greece would be closed was made by the Greek Prime Minister on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Within 24 hours, markets around the world declined in value. There wasn't any country you could escape to for safety.

Solar Owners Are Givers, Not Takers

Rob Sargent | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Rob Sargent

when people put solar panels on their rooftops and in their neighborhoods through programs like net-metering, they reduce the strain on our electric grid, lower prices for all electric customers, and cut pollution to boot.

In San Diego and Elsewhere, Cleaner Driving and Cleaner Air within Sight

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

To get more people driving EVs, we need to make them more well-known, affordable, and accessible.

The New Normal? Renewables, Efficiency, and 'Too Much Electricity'

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Clint Wilder

Just over a decade ago, the state of California faced serious concerns about whether its utilities could generate and/or buy enough power to assure that the world's seventh-largest economy could keep the lights on.

4 Ways Smart Utility Companies Can Join the Renewable Revolution (Rather than Opposing it and Ending Up as Road Kill)

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Today's utility doesn't have to fail, and can even lower the long run costs to its customers. But if the leadership doesn't move quickly and aggressively to meet the challenges of the Renewable Revolution, the next CEO will, and he or she will be there soon.

5 Reasons Utility Companies Hate Renewables

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Utilities have thrived over the last sixty five years by building bigger and bigger power plants, based on the reasonable principle that there are economies of scale in bigness, and fuel costs were trivial.

6 Facts About the Impending Renewable Energy Revolution

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

There is good news about renewable energy, and it matters to all electricity consumers -- which means all of us. So why am I qualified to share these facts with you?

Walker Appointee Suggests Volcanoes Might Be Real Cause Of Global Warming

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin, which has been in the news this week for voting to bar staff of the state public lands board from talking about climate change, is getting ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Here's How Detroit Is Trying To Make Sure Massive Water Shutoffs Don't Happen Again | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Detroit will not shut off water to residents this season until officials review ideas to improve assistance for people who can’t pay their bills. It...

Utilities' Anti-Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked

Gabe Elsner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Utilities make their money by building big, new infrastructure projects and then sending ratepayers the bill. This is exactly why utilities want to eliminate policies that encourage homeowners and businesses to go solar.

Coal Is Dying: So What Should Sen. McConnell Really Do for Miners

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

The end of coal as an important global commodity is coming - not in the next few years, but it's coming fast. So the Senator is wasting his energies trying to stop progress and should instead help those who will be hurt by the shift.

Can Utilities Survive the 21st-Century Energy Market?

James Stafford | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The electric utility is at a crossroads. Facing flat electricity demand and a sudden insurgent campaign from rooftop solar, the large, centralized utility company is entering a new era. The smarter utilities are moving with the tide rather than fighting it.

How Many Electric Cars Do We Need to Save the Planet?

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

The U.S. needs 10 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 to have a shot at avoiding the worst effects of climate change. But even AlterAction's sunniest market projection indicates that we'll have only 4 to 5 million EVs on the road by 2025 if we charge ahead at the current modest pace of growth.

When Less Means More Jobs, More Money And More Opportunity

Chris Vincent | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Chris Vincent

No family should have to choose between putting food on the table and heating their home. Fortunately, there is a roadmap for addressing residential energy efficiency and building a better, more prosperous nation to boot.

Author and Journalist Eric Brach on Why Net Neutrality Matters

Jarod Cerf | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Jarod Cerf

In light of the recent debates on tiered access to broadband service and whether telecommunication companies have the right to charge both content providers and home users (as well as the federal government's evolving stance on the issue) I sat down with Eric Brach.

6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

When we heard about Federal cuts to environmental initiatives, we couldn't help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. So here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress.

Dear Governors: Electric Vehicle Policies Will Help You Succeed

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Whether a state has done a lot or a little in promoting EVs, it's not been enough to date. No resting on laurels!

'Green News Report' - December 4, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Germany's biggest utility spins off its fossil fuel assets; Are fossil ...

Some Utilities Are Making it Cheaper to Drive Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).