Mississippi Issues

BLANTON: MISSISSIPPI POWER GAVE SUPREME COURT NO LEGAL BASIS TO REVERSE REFUND

BY PAUL HAMPTON/SUN HERALD
Hattiesburg oilman Tom Blanton on Thursday filed his latest response in a long-running battle with Mississippi Power over its 2013 rate increase. "There is no legal or factual basis for the Court to reverse its position and rule in Mississippi Power Company's favor," the response begins. "The majority and concurring opinions issued by the Court on February 12, 2015, are cogent, tightly considered opinions."

NEW YORK JUST SHOWED EVERY OTHER STATE HOW TO DO SOLAR RIGHT

"This is as exciting as the Public Service Commission gets." NRDC attorney Raya Salter
— From Mother Jones, Article by Tim McDonnell
New York wants to get serious about solar power. The state has a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and it's already among the nation's solar leaders. New York ranks ninth overall for total installed solar, and in 2013 alone it added enough to power more than 10,000 homes.

NAOMI KLEIN: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

NAOMI KLEIN

Author Naomi Klein has become the best-known voice of an idea that few mainstream green groups dare to embrace: that the only way to stop climate change is to overhaul the "savagely unjust" free market engine that drives it. In her latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Simon and Schuster, 2014), Klein argues with passion and scholastic rigor that "our economic system and our planetary system are now at war."
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MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION GIVES APPROVAL TO CHICKASAW COUNTY SOLAR POWER PROJECT

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (WTVA)
The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved construction of a solar energy project in Chickasaw County. The Commodore Solar Farm will use nearly 9,800 solar panels to generate up to three million watts of electricIty.

ROOFTOP SOLAR BENEFITS EVERYONE

THE ALLIANCE FOR SOLAR CHOICE (TASC) leads the rooftop solar advocacy across the country. Founded by the largest rooftop companies in the nation, TASC represents the vast majority of the market. Its members include: Demeter Power, SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sunrun, and Verengo. Watch this short graphic video.

WHY WE CAN'T BE SILENT, PART 2: FROM SIERRA CLUB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL BRUNE

Riding alone on the D.C. Metro Silver Line late last Thursday night, I shut my laptop in disgust. I had just left my sister's house in northern Virginia. And now, reading some comments on a Facebook post had wiped out much of the good feeling of reconnecting with family. The Sierra Club's expression of solidarity for organizations protesting the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other victims of injustice provoked many reactions, some of which were racist, vicious, and crude.

FROM SIERRA CLUB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL BRUNE: WHY WE CAN'T BE SILENT

December 06, 2014
During the past week, the Sierra Club has spoken out about Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, and President Obama's executive action on immigration. Some have told us that they consider these to be "non-environmental" issues. Here are some quick thoughts on why these issues are so important to address. I'll share more later this week.

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY START TO WIN ON PRICE VS. CONVENTIONAL FUELS

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:
For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.
That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY START TO WIN ON PRICE VS. CONVENTIONAL FUELS

MICHAEL CORRERO: A WARRIOR FOR GOOD PASSES

From State Director Louie Miller:
Sharing the sad and shocking news that Michael Correro has passed away. Michael was a citizen of Kemper County and stalwart opponent of the Kemper County power plant and strip mine boondoggle. He was one of the first to ask the hard questions, doing the analysis and drawing the conclusion that this was not in the best interests of Kemper County nor its citizens.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Monday, November 24, 2014, at 1 PM Stephens Funeral Home, Highway 16, DeKalb, MS 39328.

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