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Public Utility and the Low-Carbon Future

ELR Article

Substantial reductions in global power sector emissions will be needed by midcentury to avoid significant disruption of the climate system. Achieving these reductions will require greatly increased levels of financing, technological...

Public Service Co. of Colorado v. City of Boulder

ELR Case

A Colorado court upheld a city's decision to create a local electric utility. An electric company argued that the city council exceeded its authority when it created the utility. But the company missed the 28-day deadline for...

Colorado: Energy

ELR State Update Item

California: Energy

ELR State Update Item

Prospects for Public Power and Distributed Renewable Energy

ELR Article

Recent growth in rooftop solar energy has caught the attention of utilities. Every customer who generates her own electricity is a customer who is not buying it (or at least as much of it) from the power company. Indeed, if she lives in...

SZ Enterprises v. Iowa Utilities Board

ELR Case

The Iowa Supreme Court held that a solar energy company is not a public utility under state law. The case arose after a city sought to enter into a prospective purchaser agreement with the company to supply a portion of the city's...

SZ Enterprises, LLC v. Iowa Utilities Board

ELR Case

An Iowa court held that a solar energy company is not a public utility under state law. A city sought to enter into a prospective purchaser agreement with the company to supply a portion of the city's electricity needs at certain city...