Friday, February 27, 2015

News Guide: FCC ‘net neutrality’ vote and what it means - The Washington Post

Associated Press
The FCC put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone, regulating it like a public utility. That means whatever company provides your Internet connection, even if it’s to your phone, will now have to act in the public interest and not do anything that might be considered “unjust or unreasonable.” If it doesn’t, you can complain and the FCC can step in to investigate.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Exelon backs EPA Clean Power Plan, wants price on carbon | Utility Dive

By  | February 23, 2015
Officials at Exelon say the EPA's new carbon rules could help modernize the grid and will not upset energy markets or put too much strain on consumers.

Columbia, SC: Scott: Shouldn’t everyone who uses phone service pay for it? SC bill would require that | Opinion Columns | The State

A bill in the state Senate, S.277, corrects this inequity and strengthens the system we all must access. It updates laws that were passed before the technological revolution.
One of the bill’s most important elements is to keep costs down by capping the Universal Service Fund at $40 million. Today, it’s capped at $170 million. So depending upon their communication choices, consumers may see a slight net decrease or increase, or no change in the fee they pay to support the fund.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NARUC meetings: Do we need a carbon price to comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan? | Utility Dive

By  | February 17, 201
There are really two routes for states to take when thinking about implementing the emissions reductions mandated by the Clean Power Plan, according to Asim Haque, vice-chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The first option is to cap carbon emissions from each individual power plant. But that route is logistically difficult and could cause reliability issues, Haque said. 
The second option is to identify a carbon price for regional electric markets. This wouldn’t be a cap and trade system like the regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI), Haque stressed. Rather, generators would have to factor in the price of carbon when they bid into energy markets, making carbon-intensive energy more expensive than low carbon resources.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Colleton Solar Farm generates enough energy to power 300 homes in 1st year

By Liz Segrist
Published Feb. 2, 2015
Data indicate that the tracking panels that follow the sun generate power for about 3 1/2 hours longer than the fixed panels during the longest days of summer. Nearly two hours of that time is electricity delivered during the afternoon peak of power demand.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The head of the FCC just proposed the strongest net neutrality rules eve

By Brian Fung

In a Wired op-ed, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced he wants to regulate Internet providers with the most aggressive tool at his disposal: Title II of the Communications Act. In addition to covering fixed broadband providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the draft rules would cover wireless providers such as T-Mobile and Sprint. The rules would also make speeding up or slowing down Web traffic — a tactic known as prioritization — illegal. And it would ban the blocking of Web traffic outright.

Monday, February 2, 2015

SCANA closes on $492.9M sale of pipeline subsidiary

Dominion paid $492.9 million for the pipeline company, which owns and operates nearly 1,500 miles of federally regulated interstate natural gas pipeline in South Carolina and southeastern Georgia.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Google could become a wireless carrier. Here’s what that means for you. - The Washington Post

 January 22 at 9:29 AM
The company hasn't confirmed anything, but reports suggest that Google wants to offer its own brand of cellular service by partnering with Sprint and T-Mobile, the nation's third- and fourth-largest carriers, respectively. This means you'd buy minutes and data from Google, but it would all ride over the other two companies' pipes.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Smart, Angry Home - The New Yorker


When Ashley was named as the wastrel, her imaginary roommates were incensed, rating their anger as a 5.19, on average. They were likelier than their counterparts in the other groups to favor some form of punishment; nearly a third said that they’d ask Ashley to pay a larger share.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

EPA delays landmark climate rule | TheHill

The EPA now plans to finalize its rules for newly built power plants, existing plants and modified plants at the same time — in mid-summer, the agency said Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Energy Efficiency Financing Tools For Cities And Governments

January 6th, 2015 by Zachary Shahan 
The report breaks down the various financing tools local governments can use to stimulate more energy efficiency upgrades according to whether or not they are market-based tools or financing tools that come directly from local governments. The first category includes: equipment lease financing, energy performance contracts (EPCs), energy services agreements (ESAs), and metered energy efficiency transaction structures (MEETs). The second category includes: energy efficiency investment corporations (EEICs); energy efficiency loan programs; loan loss reserves, interest rate buy-downs, and loan guarantees; property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing; on-bill repayment and financing; tax increment financing; and property tax abatements.

Friday, January 2, 2015

A strike against rent-seeking - George Will

George Will
Published Jan. 1, 2015

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