Posts Tagged "Consumer Impacts"

“The rapid pace of renewable energy deployment accelerated, consumption and export of domestic natural gas hit record levels, and the economy grew more energy-efficient than ever. In the face of all this change, Americans are enjoying lower energy bills, directing less of their household income to energy spending than at any other time” since such records began 60 years ago.

– From a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report on falling consumer electricity costs.

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“In California, we’re blinding ourselves to the facts, We’re awash in power at a premium price. … The winners are the energy companies. The losers are businesses and families.”

– Loretta Lynch, former president of the California Public Utilities Commission, arguing that allowing utilities to dramatically overbuild natural gas power plant capacity has left consumers paying far more than the national average for electricity.

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“I really think it’s going to get to the point where if you get a ‘normal’ roof, it’s sort of odd. It’s going to be, ‘Of course you’d get a solar roof. … Why would you get anything else?’ ”

– Tesla and Solar City CEO Elon Musk, commenting in an interview on CNBC about his company’s recent unveiling of attractive roofingshingles that are integrated with solar panels.

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“If all the benefits are accounted for, distributed solar will be recorded as the least-cost technology. But we have utilities trying to deny the benefits of solar.”

– Kris Mayes, former Arizona Corporation Commission member, on an ACC docket looking at the value of solar

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“Stuff is getting cheaper. You can’t hold back the tide of renewable energy. The dam is about to break.”

– Chris Riley, president of Guzman Energy, whose company is challenging the utility status quo by offering customers flexible, market-based contracts that it says avoid the inefficiencies of owning generating assets.

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“The impacts between now and 2030 were extremely modest.”

– Angus Duncan, chairman of the Oregon Global Warming Commission, commenting on a utility analysis showing that the state’s new clean energy law will have negligible impact on customer rates over the next 15 years.

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