Policy and Advocacy

Alabama Public Service Commission Backs Alabama Power’s Tax on the Sun

2020 has been a bad year, especially if you’re an Alabama Power customer. The Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC), never content with how many favors it can give Alabama Power, added insult to injury today when it upheld Alabama Power’s sun tax. As many of you know, Alabama Power taxes small scale solar at one …

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Legal Petition Demands Tennessee Valley Authority Halt Electricity Shutoffs, Fund Debt Relief

For Immediate Release, August 25, 2020 Contact: Howard Crystal, Center for Biological Diversity, (202) 809-6926, hcrystal@biologicaldiversity.org Brianna Knisley, Appalachian Voices, (937) 725-0645, brianna@appvoices.org Daniel Tait, Energy Alabama, (256) 812-1431, dtait@alcse.org Isabella Killius, Sunrise Tennessee, (615) 762-6665, sunrisetennessee@gmail.com WASHINGTON— Dozens of climate-justice organizations petitioned the Tennessee Valley Authority today to immediately impose a moratorium on electricity …

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Alabama Power Puts Wall St. Over Alabamians, Restarts Disconnections and Late Fees

Yesterday, Alabama Power announced it would resume disconnecting customers and charging late fees in late September, despite the company’s massive profits and the ongoing pandemic wreaking economic havoc on our state. Southern Company, the parent company of Alabama Power, made $4.7 billion in profit last year alone. Right now bad debt in Alabama and Georgia …

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RELEASE: Groups challenge TVA’s plan to lock local power companies into perpetual contracts

Contacts: Scott Smallwood | SELC | ssmallwood@selcga.org | 770-598-0111 Ward Archer| Protect Our Aquifer | ward@protectouraquifer.org | 901-355-0515 Brianna Knisley | Appalachian Voices | brianna@appvoices.org | 937-725-0645 Daniel Tait | Energy Alabama | dtait@alcse.org | 256-812-1431   MEMPHIS, TN – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), on behalf of Protect Our Aquifer, Energy Alabama and …

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The History of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

The History of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) TVA’s history is really interesting, especially given how much things have changed from its original mission. TVA was established in 1933 as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. TVA was created for economic development and environmental conservation. And yes, energy too.  TVA was created not …

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Public Service Commission Sides with Alabama Power – Time to Move Forward on Renewables, Efficiency

UPDATE: This post was updated on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:40 Central Time to provide more context about the Public Service Commission’s vote on Tuesday and to correct an error so that the article states the proposed solar plus storage put downward pressure on customer bills.   Yesterday, the Alabama Public Service Commission, led …

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Alabama Public Service Commission Attempts to Block Media, Public from Broadcasting Formal Meetings

From its earliest days to its most recent, the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) has held open formal meetings as required by law. Now, however, the PSC wants to change all that. The Public Service Commission has been hiding behind closed doors for years. But blocking all electronic devices from a formal hearing? It just doesn’t pass the …

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Energy Alabama and Gasp Appreciate Alabama Power’s Belabored Decision Not to Disconnect Service or Charge Late Fees During COVID-19 Crisis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 19, 2020) — On Friday, March 13, Governor Kay Ivey declared a State of Emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Alabama. That evening, in response to this crisis, Gasp and Energy Alabama called for Alabama Power, the largest utility in the state, to put a moratorium on service disconnections …

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Polling Shows Alabama Conservatives Want Energy Freedom, Not Status Quo

The results are in: Alabama’s conservatives want energy freedom! Energy freedom means having more choices. It means a competitive marketplace in which renewables are much more widely available. What it doesn’t mean is the same old, same old. So while “freedom isn’t free”, according to Seth Hammett and the Energy Institute of Alabama, the status …

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Energy Alabama, Center for Biological Diversity, and Appalachian Voices Call for Inspector General Investigation into TVA’s Membership in Utility Air Regulatory Group

Energy Alabama, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Appalachian Voices are calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to open an investigation into TVA’s membership in and use of ratepayer dollars for the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) and other unincorporated trade groups including the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group …

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