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Smart meters and dynamic pricing can help consumers use electricity when it’s less costly, saving money and reducing pollution

Americans want their electricity to be cheap, clean and reliable, but that trifecta is becoming more elusive, thanks to climate change. According to a 2021 report by the nonprofit research organization Climate Central, more than 80% of reported major outages across the U.S. from 2000 through 2021 were caused by weather extremes, such as heat […]

October 18th

Puerto Rico’s vulnerability to hurricanes is magnified by weak government and bureaucratic roadblocks

Five years after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, Hurricane Fiona has killed at least four people, caused widespread flooding and left hundreds of thousands of residents without water or power. Maria caused extensive damage to Puerto Rico’s power grid in 2017 that left many residents without electricity for months. Rebuilding it has been […]

September 23rd

Watch John Oliver roast greedy utilities who rip off their customers and fight clean energy

John Oliver exposed a mainstream audience to the ways that failed utility regulation often result in higher monthly bills, political corruption and environmental damage on Last Week Tonight, his weekly late-night show on HBO. By David Pomerantz Energy and Policy Institute John Oliver takes on monopoly utilities After explaining how monopoly utilities make money from capital expenditures and influence […]

Worried that solar and wind aren’t reliable? You SHOULD be worried about utilities shutting off your power!

Private utilities have shut off electricity to U.S. households more than 3.5 million times since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as the power companies have reaped windfall profits and their executives’ compensation has skyrocketed, a report published Monday revealed. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams NEW REPORT: Electric utilities shutoff household power 3.6 mil times […]

May 3rd

Rooftop solar could have saved lives during Texas deep freeze

A year after deadly winter weather swept through Texas, leaving residents without electricity, food, and water, an analysis published Thusday revealed how rooftop solar could have helped save lives during the nearly two-week crisis that killed at least 246 people. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Most Texans rely on the state’s isolated and underregulated power grid—which was no match for the unusually […]

February 14th

Texans Froze Last Year When Fossil Fuels Failed And The Grid Went Down, And It Could Happen Again

A cold weather advisory last week in Texas has people noting the upcoming inauspicious anniversary of last year’s Valentine’s Day blackout, and while you would think lawmakers would have done everything in their power to prevent another catastrophe that killed hundreds of people and left even more burning their furniture for warmth, it seems the fossil fuel industry prevented that from […]

January 25th

46% of new electricity plants will be solar in 2022

The U.S. Energy Information Administration this week projects that solar will comprise 46% of new utility-scale electricity generating installations this year. Overall, the EIA estimates 46.1GW of additional capacity will be added to the grid from all sources. For comparison, the nation’s current generating capacity from all sources is about 1,120 gigawatts, with 38 of […]

January 14th

A 21st-century reinvention of the electric grid is crucial for solving the climate change crisis

In the summer of 1988, scientist James Hansen testified to Congress that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels was dangerously warming the planet. Scientific meetings were held, voluminous reports were written, and national pledges were made, but because fossil fuels were comparatively cheap, little concrete action was taken to reduce carbon emissions. By Charles F. […]

January 13th

New report sheds light on America’s monopolized energy sector . . . and how we can fix it

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem is bigger than you might think.  While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America’s monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of […]

April 27th