Sixty-year-old Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami and a full-time biology professor at Florida International University, spoke with Southeast Energy News about how and why he became a mayor, how he marshals science to pass successful legislation supporting renewable and green energy, and what he sees for the future of climate-vulnerable cities like South Miami.
As a high-profile hearing over Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike in North Carolina continues, an expert witness for anti-poverty and environmental groups said the utility’s own data prove it should lower – not raise – the flat monthly fee it levies on residential customers.
Florida law requires utilities to keep electric bills low and to expand clean energy use. Yet Florida’s heavy reliance on natural gas has exposed ratepayers to economic risk and market volatility, according to advocates.
As part of a settlement with the Sierra Club, a Virginia electric cooperative is taking steps to better inform its members of proposed rate increases.
A little-known item on home electricity bills in North Carolina could get a big increase as part of Duke Energy’s rate case – a move advocates say will hurt low-income communities and hamper clean energy.
In a decision that keeps the door open for competitors, Virginia regulators last week rejected Appalachian Power’s bid to offer ratepayers electricity supplied 100% by renewable energy sources at an undetermined rate.
A utility commission hearing examiner’s recommendation to reject a proposed 100-percent renewable energy offering by Appalachian Power Co. is heightening the debate over “green” tariffs in Virginia and lack of clean energy options for consumers.
As Virginia considers ways to cut carbon emissions, including the possibility of joining a regional cap-and-trade system, Dominion Energy has outlined its terms for supporting such a move.
While Dominion Energy’s plan to supply 100 percent renewable power to its commercial and industrial customers has been welcomed by some clean energy advocates, others say it will effectively forbid third parties from competing in this lucrative and burgeoning market.
Despite a recent decision partially in favor of efforts to open up the retail electric market in Virginia, questions remain unresolved as utilities continue to push back.