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Duke Energy Merger: Big Changes for Energy Efficiency in the Carolinas

Duke and Progress agreed to develop new energy efficiency programs that would more than double their impacts over the next decade.Last week, I wrote about the implications of the Duke-Progress merger on Florida energy efficiency programs. And...

Posted September 17, 2012    

Duke Energy Merger: Big Changes for Energy Efficiency in Florida

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how the struggle for the future of utilities is reflected in the continuing drama of the Duke – Progress utility merger. I wrote on the occasion of a North Carolina investigation into the closure of the merger. With...

Posted September 14, 2012    

Too Pessimistic about Renewable Energy

Solar powered biodiesel operation for Clean Energy Biofuels.Recently, Michael Noble of Fresh Energy offered a terrific post out about how renewable energy growth has far outpaced what everyone thought possible over the past decade or so. He’s...

Posted September 11, 2012    

In the Southeast, a Struggle for the Future of Utilities

Duke CEO Jim Rogers, front, and Progress CEO Bill Johnson appear at a N.C. utility commission hearing Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The two stressed the benefits of the merger of two companies as they made their presentations to the utilities. (...

Posted July 19, 2012    

Energy Subsidies in a Free Market

Bob Inglis’ call to “simultaneously eliminat[e] all subsidies” for energy is another way that he believes we can use the “power of free markets” to make better choices about energy use. Although “subsidies” are often discussed, it is a concept...

Posted November 17, 2011    

Free Market Perspective Dominates The Climate Policy Debate

As Grist’s David Roberts might remind us, Bob Inglis’ recent climate change commentaries are a throwback to an era when policy and appeals to self interest had a role in national politics. A year after reasoned debate abruptly surrendered to...

Posted November 15, 2011    

What Your Electric Utility Bill Is NOT Telling You

A fascinating new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy takes a look at what’s on the bills that electric utilities send to their customers. OK, you have got to be an energy geek to appreciate this kind of insight, but here...

Posted November 10, 2011    

States Thwart Their Own Energy Efficiency Laws

Florida energy regulators have been in the slow lane, dragging out the implementation of a 2009 law mandating stronger energy efficiency programs. Just a brief update for those who are interested in why Florida is moving so slowly on energy...

Posted October 24, 2011    

Energy Efficiency Saves Carolinas' Utilities $

People in the Southeast do want energy efficiency! We had no doubts, but it is great to see strong participation in the first full year of new efficiency programs offered by Progress Energy Carolinas (PEC) and Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). Our...

Posted July 11, 2011    

CFL Lightbulb Opponents Attack A Solution That Saves Energy and Money

Energy efficiency is under attack. Its opponents want us to believe that energy efficiency does not exist. Some people just don't think there is any way to save energy. The battle to stop government from reducing energy waste echoes decades of...

Posted July 11, 2011    

Why The Southeast Needs To Catch Up On Energy Efficiency

Recently, we shared the great news that most utility customers across the Southeastern states that we focus on have or will very soon have access to meaningful energy efficiency programs. By 2015, these efficiency programs are projected to achieve...

Posted June 23, 2011    

Alarming Estimates of Forest Loss Linked to Bioenergy Projections

Tuesday’s release of the draft Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) report raised an alarm that the South could lose as much as 23 million acres of forest over the next four decades. From the press release: According to the report, urbanization,...

Posted May 20, 2011