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LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 26, 2015 Read More →
Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report: Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense (pdf).

March 1, 2013 Read More →

More News and Commentary

TVA to build 377MW of solar to power new Facebook facility

Times Free Press: The Tennessee Valley Authority has contracted with two of the nation’s biggest solar power developers to build the largest solar installations ever built in Tennessee and Alabama to power Facebook’s new data center in Huntsville, Alabama with 100 percent renewable energy. TVA said First Solar will erect a 227-megawatt solar farm in […]

November 5, 2018 Read More →

Walmart Mega-Solar Park Seen as a Force in Driving Down Electricity Rates in Alabama

The Boss Magazine: Walmart is known as a retail giant with a mission to offer low prices and, in the last decade or so, lead the path to sustainability. “Walmart envisions a world where people do not have to choose between electricity they can afford and renewable electricity that is good for communities and the […]

March 28, 2018 Read More →

Alabama and Walmart in Solar Farm Deal

Alabama NewsCenter: Community and business leaders, as well as representatives from Walmart, Alabama Power and Clenera, gathered at the new 72-megawatt AL Solar A project in east Alabama on Thursday, March 15, to celebrate its successful launch and operation. AL Solar A, one of Alabama’s largest solar facilities, is owned by Houston-based Centaurus Renewable Energy. […]

March 16, 2018 Read More →

Walmart Goes Solar in Alabama

Alabama NewsCenter: After months of construction, one of the state’s largest solar energy facilities, built in partnership with Alabama Power, is up and running in Chambers County. The 72-megawatt Alabama Solar A project sits on 1,400 rolling acres, just south of LaFayette. Seventy-two megawatts is an amount of energy equivalent to what is typically needed […]

January 3, 2018 Read More →

The Economic Case for Solar, Not the Climate-Change Case, Is Driving Its Uptake Across the Southern U.S.

InsideClimate News: When Brandon Presley was elected to the Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2007, he said, he couldn’t have found a solar farm “with a SWAT team and a search warrant.” A decade later, Mississippi is one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the United States, according to GTM Research. The state’s public service […]

November 6, 2017 Read More →

Alabama Tax Policy Turns Against Coal Industry

Bloomberg BNA: Decreased tax revenue from coal production has state legislators looking for additional ways to raise revenue to support the regulatory authorities that oversee this industry.     On May 24, 2017, Alabama enacted H.B. 468, imposing an additional excise and privilege tax on coal and lignite mining in-state. Alabama is allocating these additional funds […]

June 9, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Many Hurdles Facing U.S. Coal-Fired Power Fleet

IEEFA Update: Many Hurdles Facing U.S. Coal-Fired Power Fleet

Old Age, the Rise of Renewables, Competition From Natural Gas, Advances in Technology

Why has U.S. coal production declined so enormously in recent years? Because the coal-fired power industry is producing less of the country’s electricity than ever. As recently as 10 years ago, coal-fired power plants provided half of U.S. power needs. Today that number is closer to 30 percent—and falling. Coal is not likely to fade […]

October 11, 2016 Read More →
Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →

In Federal Development Initiative, Bipartisan Acknowledgment of a Changing Economy in Coal Country

Andrew Brown for the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail: Millions of dollars are being disbursed to groups in West Virginia and other coalfield communities throughout the country as part of President Barack Obama’s POWER initiative. State and federal officials gathered in Huntington Wednesday to announce more than $38.8 million in funding for groups in West Virginia, Kentucky, […]

August 25, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: Electric Cooperatives in Southern U.S. ‘Frozen in the 1950s’

From ChiefOrganizer.org: Looking at all available information on 313 cooperatives and their governance and representation structure in the twelve-state southern region, the Rural Power Project found that time had stopped and the leadership structure of many of rural electric cooperatives seemed “frozen in the fifties.” The report examined available documents revealing governance and representation patterns […]

May 10, 2016 Read More →