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Four types of scandals utility companies get into with money from your electric bills

When power companies across the country fight for favorable legislation, sometimes their efforts cross the line and customers pay the price. by Patrick Wilson, Richmond Times-Dispatch Saturday, October10 Across the country, electric utilities have worked the…

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Inside the utility company lobbying blitz that will hike electric bills

Democrats who campaigned against Virginia’s largest public utility, Dominion Energy, swept into office. Then the company’s lobbying efforts kicked into high gear. Here’s how it fought against legislation meant to lower residents’ electric bills. by Patrick…

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More than 800 groups called on Congress to include relief from water and utility shutoffs in any new coronavirus relief package. (Photo: Peter Werkman/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Utilities

Justice groups say next coronavirus relief package must include moratorium on utility shutoffs

“It’s unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package.”     by Julia Conley, staff writer With more than a quarter of Americans reporting lost income as a…

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Posted in Coronavirus National News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net Utilities Water

Some towns still haven’t halted utility shut-offs for unpaid water bills during coronavirus, even as federal lawmakers demand it

While some municipalities with only a few cases of the coronavirus have stopped disconnecting water service for residents with overdue bills, a few utility companies at the coronavirus epicenter in Washington have made no such promises….

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Coal Fired Power Plant Chesterfield Virginia
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Virginia passes clean energy legislation

The Virginia Clean Economy Act follows other states in capping energy bills of low-income ratepayers at no more that 6% of a family’s income for electricity and 10% for gas use. It creates a “social cost…

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Posted in Columns Communications Community organizing Economy Internet Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Utilities

Cooperatives need to get broadband to the countryside

New Orleans       How can I say this plainly?  Electric cooperatives have become increasingly less cooperative, and, frankly, not even all that electric.  What was a huge breakthrough in taking electricity the last mile into rural…

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