More Power Company Whining About Solar Generation

Power companies whine a lot about the “problems” that solar power causes for grid management.  That is one of the reasons power companies want to impose penalties on solar generators.

Power Companies Getting Sneaky, Jacking Up Customer Service Fees

Most people in the US pay a relatively small flat fee as part of their electric bills.  In WV it’s called a “customer service fee.”  No one can really explain what this fee pays for, and why it couldn’t be included as part of the company’s base rate, which in WV covers normal overhead plus capital investment costs.  I demonstrated here how this flat fee raises your effective electric rate as you purchase less and less electricity from your power company.  If you improve the efficiency o

What Would US Natural Gas Exports Mean for Gas and Electric Rates? Increases All Around

I came across this interesting piece on RTO Insider today about the pending FERC decision about whether to allow Dominion Energy to reconstruct its Cove Point, MD natural gas import facility to convert it into an export platform.  The situation with natural gas exports is exactly the same as the “export” of “surplus” electricity from WV’s monster coal plants through the failed PATH power line.

Energy Star Homebuilders Block Installation of Solar PV in Plano Neighborhood

Homebuilders Elect to Limit Consumer Choice

This blog posting is intended for homeowners of the Trails of Glenwood neighborhood in Plano and similar homeowners elsewhere who might be in similar situations.

Myths About Renewable Power Abound in WV

The WV coal industry continues to churn out mythology about renewable power.  I was recently at an event where WV Coal Association president Bill Raney claimed that “Germany was turning back to coal for its electricity.”  WV Division of Energy director Jeff Herholdt and Appalachian Power’s CEO Charles Patton were quoted in this State Journal article claiming that renewable power is just too expensive for WV.  The State Journal’s reporter, although she interviewed both Mr.

Build Solar Ready Homes in Solar Rich Texas

Pursuant to 34 TAC §19.52, the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is accepting written comments through August 4, 2014 on the energy efficiency provisions of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) for single-family residential construction and the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for all commercial, multi-family and

WV Near Bottom on Efficiency/Renewables Ranking

The Energy Foundation has just released its annual report ranking states and metropolitan areas on their performance and policies concerning energy efficiency and renewable power.  Guess where WV ranks in both areas?  48th in policy and 49th in performance.  Other states, like California, Colorado and Illinois are rapidly expanding their capacity and programs.  Investment and patent registration is growing right along with this commitment.  Contrast th

California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the FHFA Boot From PACE’s Neck

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy on residential property.

Is Solar Ownership Poised for a Comeback?

placeholderWith “no money down” and “zero maintenance” to attract homeowners, solar leasing has become the overwhelming favorite for residential solar installations. And with the complexity of tax incentives, rebates, and financing, it’s hard to find fault with homeowners that choose this low-effort option.