Category Archives: Utilities

U.S. Energy: Overview and Selected Facts and Numbers

Source: Carl Behrens and Carol Glover, Congressional Research Service, R40187, February 3, 2009

From the abstract:
Energy supplies and prices are major economic factors in the United States, and energy markets are volatile and unpredictable. Thus, energy policy has been a recurring issue for Congress since the first major crisis in the 1970s. As an aid in policy making, this report presents a current and historical view of the supply and consumption of various forms of energy.

Clean Energy Corps: Jobs, Service, and Equal Opportunity in America’s Clean Energy Economy

Source: Clean Energy Corps Working Group, November 14, 2008

The Clean Energy Corps (CEC) is a combined service, training, and job creation effort to combat global warming, grow local and regional economies and demonstrate the equity and employment promise of the clean energy economy. Download the Executive Summary of Clean Energy Corps: Jobs, Service, and Equal Opportunity in America’s Clean Energy Economy, a white paper that explains why the CEC is needed and how it would work. The full white paper will be forthcoming in November.

Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California

Source: David Roland-Holst, Center For Energy, Resources, And Economic Sustainability (CERES), October 2008

Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California analyzes the economic impact of CARB’s (California Air Resources Board) past and future policies to reduce fossil fuel generated energy demand. California’s achievements in energy efficiency over the last generation are well known, but evidence about their deeper economic implications remains weak. This study examines the economy-wide employment effects of the state’s landmark efficiency policies over the last thirty-five years, and forecasts the economic effects of significantly more aggressive policies proposed to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Mayors Push Benefits Of Cities’ Tap Water

Source: American City and County, Vol. 123 no. 9. September 2008

Once hailed as a healthy and convenient beverage alternative, bottled water recently has been met with a tidal wave of criticism from municipal leaders for its high cost and its effect on solid waste streams. In response, major cities and the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) have passed measures to limit the use of bottled water and to encourage consumers to drink tap water instead. Bottled water advocates refute the claims that the product is environmentally harmful and encourage consumers to recycle the plastic containers to cut down on waste.

Municipal Utility Says Collaborations Save Money While Lowering Emissions

Source: American City and County, August 19, 2008

Officials at Roseville Electric, a city-owned electricity provider in Roseville, Calif., say collaborating with local businesses, government organizations and consumers has helped it save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The utility has completed several projects, most recently working with St. Paul, Minn.-based HB Fuller to implement an energy efficiency plan at its manufacturing facility that saved $44,000 annually while eliminating 430,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.

Lessons From The Telephone Lifeline Program Add To Concerns About Using Utilities To Deliver Low-Income Climate Rebates

Source: Matt Fiedler, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 18, 2008

From the abstract:
Protecting the budgets of low-income consumers is a critical issue in the design of climate change legislation. The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act recently debated in the Senate contained a measure that relied primarily on electric and gas utilities to deliver such relief. However, evidence from the only existing federal program that delivers low-income assistance through utility companies — the Lifeline program for telephone service — strongly suggests that an untried utility-based mechanism would miss large numbers of consumers who could be captured using proven alternatives.
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