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At the 'Tip of the Spear' for Solar Energy in Virginia: Tony Smith

A handful of individuals and their organizations have persevered to develop pathways for cost-effective solar energy in Virginia, a state where utilities are widely viewed to be undermining the adoption of solar by their customers.One of the more...

Posted August 26, 2015    

What's a Bigger Business in Florida: Clean Energy or Ag Exports?

If one were to ask what industry in Florida harbors the strongest growth prospects, it might be difficult to look beyond the state's bountiful agricultural products. But energy users and policymakers in the Sunshine State -- led by Gov. Rick Scott...

Posted June 15, 2015    

Data and Transparency are Key to Atlanta's Push for National Leadership in Building Efficiency Gains

Amid the hype about who’s saving this and who’s cutting that on this the 45th Earth Day, is a move by Atlanta to benchmark the energy performance of municipal and commercial buildings as part of a “comprehensive energy policy”.I was about to gloss...

Posted April 22, 2015    

Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated...

Posted March 30, 2015    

Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

Few, if any, Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is an easy task. Many people who live or work there know some elected officials who are openly skeptical about human-influenced global...

Posted February 18, 2015    

10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar energy throughout much of the Commonwealth of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but...

Posted January 31, 2015    

Communicating About Climate Change: 'The Elephant We're All Inside Of'

How stakeholders communicate about climate change has long been framed by who’s doing the framing as much, or more so, than the information being communicated. So I am forever curious how various stakeholders – believers, skeptics and deniers alike...

Posted January 13, 2015    

EPA's Coal Ash Storage Rule Shouldn't Let Utilities Off the Hook: Viable Options Exist

For a President who likes to champion cleaner, safer and cost effective energy and environmental solutions, it caught some by surprise when Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency punted on December 19th on classifying toxic coal ash as a...

Posted December 29, 2014    

Valuing Solar Energy: Two Models to Use

For every state beginning to wrestle with the value of solar and how it should be reflected in net metering, standby charges and future cost-of-carbon deliberations, just about every one is conflicted by politics, especially where there is a...

Posted December 15, 2014    

A New Platform to Guide Utility Regulations To Let Solar and Distributed Energy Flourish

If you could start from a clean slate to regulate electric utilities, how would you begin and how would you reflect the changing dynamics in the electricity industry, especially with respect to solar energy and distributed generation?In what could...

Posted November 28, 2014    

Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

If someone were to tell you that neither a state nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ever established regulations for disposing of coal ash waste by utilities, would you believe him/her?You’d be inclined to say no, right? Heck, there...

Posted November 25, 2014    

Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the ‘...

Posted October 30, 2014