How the National Solar Lobby Successfully Passed the Investment Tax Credit

January 5, 2016 by Stephen Lacey

Lobbying and Subsidies

The 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC), passed as part of the stimulus bill in 2009, wasn't set to expire for another three years. But even with the price of solar systems down 50% since 2010 and installations hitting record numbers, companies worried about a collapse of demand and a wave of job losses in 2017.[read more]

Dominion Virginia Power Ordered to Refund $19.7 Million to Customers, but Gets to Keep a Billion in Future Overcharges

December 18, 2015 by Ivy Main

Dominion and Future Billing

The State Corporation Commission has ordered Dominion to refund $19.7 million to customers, reflecting excess earnings during 2013 and 2014. But the company will not have to lower its rates going forward, due to its success in getting a bill passed that freezes base rates and eliminates rate reviews until 2022.[read more]

No Country For Old Biofuels

November 27, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Biofuel Economics

The corn ethanol lobby is shocked—shocked, it says—that the United States government has declined to list the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as one of the measures the country will rely on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.[read more]

MIT Announces Five-Year Plan for Action on Climate Change

November 3, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

MIT and Climate Change Plans

Citing “overwhelming” scientific evidence, MIT's “A Plan for Action on Climate Change” underscores the “risk of catastrophic outcomes” due to climate change and emphasizes that “the world needs an aggressive but pragmatic transition plan to achieve a zero-carbon global energy system.”[read more]

Nuclear Industry Must Remember that All Politics are Local

March 10, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Industry and Local Politics

It is a mistake for the nuclear energy industry to spend all of its available marketing resources on ads and lobbying aimed at the Washington, DC metro area and on former politicians who have a diminishing level of influence and name recognition.[read more]

Business Interests and the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill: Who Lobbied?

February 11, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

In recent American environmental policy, the most important period of lobbying by business was undoubtedly the 2009 effort to enact a comprehensive federal climate policy: the Waxman-Markey bill.The legislation passed the House but failed in the Senate. The legislation was the subject of much business interest.[read more]

Virginia Energy: Surprise Endings to a Week of Bad News on Energy and Climate Bills

February 7, 2015 by Ivy Main

More than a hundred representatives of energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses descended on Richmond Tuesday for Clean Energy Lobby Day. After meetings with legislators, many of them stayed to attend a critical subcommittee meeting where most of this year’s clean energy bills came up for votes.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 1

October 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris

The day to day reality for solar energy consumers and installers is that right across the country the majority of incumbent electricity companies are subtly implementing policies and procedures that slow the uptake of solar energy; and it’s getting much worse.[read more]

In Ohio, Battle Royale Over Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rages On

May 22, 2014 by Tom Plant

Ohio Efficiency and Renewable Battle


Ohio put energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in place in 2008. But no good deed goes unpunished. Some utilities have been slow in implementing efficiency programs and exercised their influence in the General Assembly rather than implement efficiency measures.[read more]

Following the Money: Energy Dollars Hard at Work on Capitol Hill

May 6, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Lobbying and the Energy Industry


Is the alternative energy industry losing the influence-peddling war to fossil fuels? Perhaps you caught the editorial in Sunday’s New York Times taking “the Koch Brothers and their conservative allies” to task for “spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy.”[read more]

APS Continues Using Dark Money and Subterfuge to Fight Arizona Rooftop Solar, But Will It Succeed?

April 25, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Arizona Rooftop Solar

Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest utility, claims neutrality again and again in debates about solar power. But the utility is not convincing solar advocates. And its continued attacks on rooftop solar have strained relationships in Arizona.[read more]

More Lessons from Solyndra

October 15, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

I'll bet that those working and investing in renewable energy are even more tired of the steady stream of headlines from the unraveling Solyndra mess than the rest of us are. Today's crop includes more evidence of the political linkages to the overall process for determining the company's suitability for federal backing and the...[read more]

Oil & Gas Go to Washington

May 21, 2011 by Arno Harris

This was a funny week to be in Washington DC. I happened to be in town on Tuesday when the Senate was debating whether to repeal the numerous tax subsidies given to the oil and gas industry. To give you a sense of scale, the subsidies on the block add up to $21 billion over the next 10 years for the top five oil companies alone. Of...[read more]

Oil prices soar in spite of sharp increase in U.S. production under Obama

March 9, 2011 by Joseph Romm

Domestic oil production is soaring, but so are global prices. It should be obvious that yet more drilling can’t have any significant impact on oil prices — particularly since the U.S. Energy Information Administration has been making that precise point for years now (see EIA: Full offshore drilling will not lower gasoline prices at all in 2020 and only 3 cents in 2030!).[read more]

BP and other large European green-washing polluters funnel cash to U.S. Senators blocking climate action

October 25, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Today CAN Europe released a new report based on an analysis of publicly available campaign finance records, definitively proving that polluting European companies are funding climate legislation blockers in US politics. Their overseas support is all the more galling because the same companies argue that additional emissions...[read more]