April 8, 2015
Policies to promote rooftop solar are under attack across the country. Utilities are trying to prop up their revenues by adopting higher fixed customer fees, which discourage the installation of rooftop solar or energy efficiency measures. A new draft report prepared for the Louisiana Public Service Commission concludes that the costs of state’s net-metering program vastly outweigh the benefits. But the Sierra Club and other solar advocates have called this study out for its unsubstantiated assumptions, flawed data, and misleading assertions.
March 16, 2015
After nine long years fighting to stop the proposed Leucadia coal gasification plant in Rockport, Indiana, local activists are celebrating a huge victory. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management canceled the project’s permit on March 5 -- effectively pulling the plug on this expensive and hazardous project.
March 11, 2015
Energy freedom advocates in Indiana won a major victory when Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma withdrew House Bill 1320, which threatened to make rooftop solar more expensive and rig the game in favor of monopoly electric utilities. Over 100 Hoosier homeowners, farmers, small business owners, and pastors packed a committee hearing to urge their elected officials to protect energy choice.
Mr. Green shows you how to find out if your local power supply is clean (or not).
March 10, 2015
Reversing what appeared to be a done deal, a judge at the California Public Utilities Commission rejected San Diego Gas & Electric's proposed contract with the 600 MW Carlsbad gas plant because SDG&E had not first considered clean energy solutions. The decision is a victory for clean energy and a step toward moving the Commission past back-room deal-making and overly cozy relationships with utilities.
February 13, 2015
The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign, of which the Sierra Club's North Star Chapter is a member, held a Clean Energy and Jobs lobby day at the State Capitol in St. Paul the first week of February to support increasing the state's renewable energy standard to 40 percent by 2030.
February 11, 2015
The Sierra Club has fought to make public the fact that nearly 15,000 megawatts of energy resources, including clean energy, have bid into San Diego Gas & Electric's request for offers to meet San Diego's energy needs. But will the California Public Utilities Commission let any clean energy compete against the proposed Carlsbad natural gas plant?