In recent days, mouthpieces for the giant state-sponsored monopoly utilities exposed either their ignorance or willingness to mislead the media and consumers when it comes to solar energy. In order to keep the debate honest, the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industry Association clarified a piece of misinformation that appears consistently among monopoly utility supporters.
EPA Proposes to Add Washington Parish, LA, Creosote Site to National Priorities List of Superfund Sites
Two hazardous waste sites added, six proposed nationally
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to add the Colonial Creosote site in Washington Parish, LA, to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, a list of sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country and converts them into productive community resources by eliminating or reducing public health risks and environmental contamination.
Thousands of school bus drivers safely transport children to and from school every day and they should not have to worry about pollutants emitted from buses. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding a total of $120,000 to three school districts in La. to replace older diesel school buses with new buses that emit 90 percent cleaner emissions.
Study Seen as Incomplete and Unfocused, Manner of Release Called into Question
The Louisiana Solar Industry responded to release of an unorthodox study of solar net metering by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Net metering is the program in which home and business owners produce energy from solar systems for use onsite, and receive credits from the utility monopoly for any energy returned to the grid. The study is several months overdue and has been marred by controversy from its inception, with a consultant selection process that was defined by unusual circumstances and hidden information.
Restrictions by Electric Monopolies to end Consumer Choice for Solar as Early as February 26 - Businesses Bracing for Impact; Thousands of Jobs in Jeopardy
Elected officials at the Louisiana Public Service Commission may vote this month on whether to defend basic property rights and energy choice for citizens, or protect the profits of corporations and "co-ops" that enjoy monopoly status in the electric utility business.
As a result of filings by monopoly utilities on Feb. 19, the rights of 99.5 percent of Louisiana residents to benefit from solar net metering could be revoked. Meanwhile, small businesses and thousands of workers around the state are bracing for the devastating economic impact.
Education, LivingHome, Net Zero Zone, Opening Plenary & Celebration & Community Engagement Highlights of the Week
Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the results of the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held October 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Attendance at the event totaled 17,507, with 552 exhibiting companies participating in 142,000 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor.