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Xcel Energy: Swiftboating for Solar

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.01.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Like many other corporations looking to make hay out of the environmental movement, Xcel has been greenwashing with gusto. The new image comes replete with chirpy narration, crisp graphics and opaque accolades.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Duke Energy Goes After Solar in South Carolina

Anne Smart | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Remember your childhood fables? A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. These monopoly utilities disguising themselves as solar advocates are still just monopolies looking out for their bottom lines.

Value of Solar Tariffs (VOSTs) Are Value of Solar Taxes

Anne Smart | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

The Commission voted to value solar above the retail rate, and to allow solar customers to receive compensation at that rate for the power they produce. It may sound like a sweet deal for solar, but the reality is that VOSTs are a major red flag.

HECO Continues to Stall Solar Installations in Hawaii

Anne Smart | Posted 05.27.2014 | Hawaii
Anne Smart

Despite customers' pleas for solar interconnection, HECO continues to drag its feet. In the game of solar love, that's no way to win over someone's heart.

New Website Highlights Popularity of Rooftop Solar, Opposition to Xcel's Attacks on Solar

Anne Smart | Posted 02.24.2014 | Denver
Anne Smart

Coloradans support rooftop solar. They have made that abundantly clear time and time again. A recent poll demonstrated that 70 percent of Coloradans s...

Utility-Backed Anti-Solar Bill On The Move in Kansas Statehouse

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

As it was introduced, HB 2458 would have ended net metering, and the amended bill would also gut the program in favor of a pro-utility industry policy.

New Ad Reveals Duke's Monopoly Protection Plan

Anne Smart | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Duke has entered the fray and should also fear the overwhelming public support for rooftop solar and an alternative to the monopoly.

How Much For A Ray Of Sunshine?

Posted 12.11.2013 | Green

How much for a ray of sunshine? In Colorado it's becoming a hotly contested question. Almost 30,000 Coloradans signed a petition that was deliver...

The Campaign Against Net Metering: ALEC and Utility Interests' Next Attack on Clean Energy Surfaces in Arizona

Gabe Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

On Thursday, the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC), the state entity responsible for regulating utilities, voted to charge ratepayers a monthly fee of 70 cents per kilowatt of solar energy installed on their roof.

A MAJOR Win For Solar Energy

AP | BRIAN SKOLOFF | Posted 11.15.2013 | Green

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona regulators on Thursday voted to adopt a roughly $5 monthly fee for customers of the state's largest utility who install rooft...

Kate Sheppard

Why Solar Advocates Everywhere Should Be Paying Attention To Arizona's Energy Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.14.2013 | Green

Utility commissioners in Arizona will decide the fate of rooftop solar incentives this week, in what has become the biggest fight over renewable energ...

Kate Sheppard

Arizona Commissioner Probes Utility's Secret Funding Of Anti-Solar Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green

An Arizona utility commissioner is asking for all the key players in a debate over a solar energy policy in the state to reveal any additional secret ...

Kate Sheppard

Utility Paid Koch-Backed Nonprofit To Run Ads Against Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arizona's largest utility admitted this week that it had paid a national conservative group to run anti-solar ads, after denying earlier...

Solar for Me but Not for Thee: Xcel's Plan to Undermine Rooftop Solar

Anne Butterfield | Posted 09.20.2013 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

An eye-popping announcement came last week from Colorado's largest utility, Xcel Energy. It plans to install 170 megawatts of utility scale solar plu...

Net Energy Metering Policies Helping To Spur Solar Growth

Rhone Resch | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Rhone Resch

All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities.

Kate Sheppard

Progressive Groups Double Down On Ads Mocking Power Company After Lawyer Letter

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

Progressive groups this week expanded an advertising campaign mocking Southern California Edison's position on rooftop solar power after the utility f...

Solar Power's New Allies Named Bubba and Goldwater

Clint Wilder | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Clint Wilder

In Georgia and Arizona -- two states that are among the most conservative bastions in the U.S. -- solar power is finding some interesting new allies in the fight against large utilities that want to put the brakes on solar development.

Solar Rollover Credits: The Right Thing for California

Michael Brune | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Very quietly, California utilities are threatening to undermine the dream of widespread clean energy in our state.