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Homegrown Green Energy Is Making Power Utilities Irrelevant

August 22 -- There are 3,200 utilities that make up the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world. These power companies sell $400 billion worth of electricity a year, mostly derived from burning fossil fuels in centralized stations and distributed over 2.7 million miles of power lines. Regulators set rates; utilities get guaranteed returns; investors get sure-thing dividends. It’s a model that hasn’t changed much since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And it’s doomed to obsolescence. >>View Article

Use Tax Code Reform To Grow Green Energy

August 22 -- The Desert Sun supports the congressional effort to boost renewable energy through tax reform. Rep. Raul Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, joined New Jersey Republican Jon Runyan and Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer in a letter urging action by the House Ways and Means Committee, which is leading the effort. >>View Article

More Oil And Gas Ups Our Addiction: Opposing View

August 20 -- Increasing domestic oil and gas production is no panacea for our nation's energy needs or economy. That will only intensify our fossil fuel addiction. It also won't free us from the tyranny of the global oil market. U.S. oil production may be up 44% since 2008, but so are prices. The costs of crude oil have risen 6% in that time. >>View Article

APS Solar Proposal Falls Short For Arizona

August 20 -- Arizona Public Service has been granted monopoly status to provide power in certain parts of Arizona. It’s also a publicly traded company and has a fiduciary obligation to maximize profits for shareholders.  This may lead the company to pursue policies that are in its interests but not those of its ratepayers. >>View Article

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