Policy and Advocacy

The Ins and Outs of Electricity Rate Design

Electricity rate design has the power to completely alter the energy sector, for better or worse. The world of electricity rate design can be a confusing one, so before we get into which rate design would be most beneficial for you and the energy sector (that’s for a later blog post!), let us first define […]

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What is the Utility Death Spiral?

The “utility death spiral” sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? It could be if you’re a utility company. In 2013, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) released a report positing that an eroding revenue stream, declining profits, rising costs, and ever-weakening credit metrics would diminish the ability of electric utilities to survive in an increasingly off-the-grid world.

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Peak Car Ownership: Is a Transportation Revolution Just Around the Corner?

Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Institute say in a detailed study that private car ownership will hit its peak by 2020. If these researchers are correct, it could spell the beginning of a new energy and technological revolution – if, and only if, companies prepare for such an event by researching automated personal mobility powered

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An In-Depth Look into the Solar Trade War

Exposition Recently the world of solar energy has been filled with tension at the beginning of what is now being deemed the “Solar Trade Wars.” Suniva, a United States based solar cell and module manufacturing company, declared a state of bankruptcy back in April of this year. Since then, Suniva has drafted a petition under

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Are Fixed Utility Charges Bad for Customers?

As solar energy and energy efficiency becomes more common, many electric companies have responded by dramatically increasing, or attempting to increase, monthly fixed utility charges. [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=””] What are fixed charges? Fixed charges are static charges that occur on a regular basis. Most utilities have fixed charges, sometimes called an availability

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Alabama Power’s Higher Fixed Charge Rate Options Deserve Careful Scrutiny

A few “lucky” Alabama Power customers will soon receive invitations to switch to one of two new rate pilot programs, called “Residential My Choice” or “Residential My Choice Plus.” Both raise the fixed monthly charge – by 260 percent and 400 percent, respectively – and lower the charge that’s based on how much power a household consumes.

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Energy Alabama Signs On to Comments for Department of Energy’s Grid Reliability Study

Energy Alabama, along with many southeastern groups supportive of sustainable energy, signed on to comments prepared by The Southern Environmental Law Center in regards to the Department of Energy’s Grid Reliability Study. A 60-day inquiry is currently being undertaken by the Department of Energy concerning the reliability of our nation’s electricity grid. We decided to sign

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The Duck Curve: What is it and what does it mean?

So let’s talk about the duck curve and what it means in the world of renewable energy. But what is the “duck curve?” Does it involve our adorable little animal friends who quack the day away? Well, kinda, but not really. Put simply, the duck curve is the graphic representation of higher levels of wind and

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Energy Alabama and GASP Comment on Alabama’s Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

Energy Alabama, along with GASP, provided comments to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) on their effort to draft Alabama’s Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP). The BMP will be the state of Alabama’s strategy to best use Volkswagen’s settlement monies pursuant to a Clean Air Act violation. Our comments included what we believe to be the three

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Why Alabama Still Lags the Rest of the Southeast on Solar

While other Southeastern states are surging ahead with solar energy, advocates say a unique combination of policy obstacles, burdensome fees, and one reluctant utility company has Alabama lagging behind. The low numbers are the result of several regulatory issues, said Daniel Tait, CEO of nonprofit Energy Alabama. “At the end of the day, Alabama has

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