Voters passed Initiative 937 in 2006 to build on Washington’s clean energy heritage. At the time, new renewable energy made up less than 1% of the region’s electricity mix, even though new renewables would reduce risks and boost our economy. Six years after its passage, I-937 is doing exactly what Washington voters wanted. Official utility […]
Issues: Consumer Protection
Electricity is a necessity of modern life. The Energy Coalition advocates programs that provide home weatherization and bill assistance so that low-income families don’t lose their service or suffer exorbitant energy costs. And all residential utility costumers deserve protection from poor electric service and unfair rate hikes.
Coalition member South Central Community Action Partnership (ScCAP) of Twin Falls, Idaho, was one of five agencies selected by the U.S.Department of Energy to host the symbolic weatherization of the 1 millionth home through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Sept. 27 event featured ScCAP executive director Ken Robinette and local, county, state and federal officials.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday suspended trading of Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc., stock out of concerns about stock sales practices, the viability of the company and its ability to build a nuclear reactor in Payette County, Idaho and how AEHI’s executives are compensated…
Spokane-based Avista Corp., which provides electric and natural gas service to much of northern Idaho, has joined the staff of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in asking the Commission to approve a rate case settlement agreement that could mean higher rates – though not as high as the utility first sought.
The Idaho PUC has opened public comment periods on a number of proposed rate changes by Idaho Power and a proposed plan to manage the “green tags” it can obtain from renewable energy projects from which it buys power…
Concerned about 937’s impact on consumers and low-income residents of Washington state? This letter to the members of the Washington State Legislature from Michael Karp, Executive Director of A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity, addresses how the Clean Energy Initiative will help protect low-income families from higher utility bills and provide local jobs and income.
Exploring the impacts of climate legislation on low-income communities. [audio transcripts]
Innovative waste-oil recycling program helps families pay power bills
Longtime NW Energy Coalition member Oregon HEAT has come up with another groundbreaking way to help low-income families cope with steep heating bills … and benefit the environment at the same time.