Nevada’s Anti-Rooftop Solar Decision Mirrors Utility Lobby’s Template
Nevada’s Anti-Rooftop Solar Decision Mirrors Utility Lobby’s Template
2016-01-25
Public Utilities Commission Staff Denies Lobbying Contacts, But Won’t Release Noble’s Meeting Records     Checks and Balances Project has been using public records requests to help citizens better understand the origins of what one couple called “the Christmas bait-and-switch decision” by the Public Utility Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to end the solar rooftop industry… Read more »
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First Report from Judge Cole Leaves Unanswered Questions
2016-01-20
Two Paragraph Letter Tells Us Little   Wednesday evening, C&BP attorney Dan Barr received a two paragraph report from Judge Cole, the special master appointed to examine Commissioner Bob Stump’s text messages from his government-issued smartphone. According to Cole’s report, “none of the text messages” that the Attorney General’s investigators downloaded from Stump’s iPhone6 are… Read more »
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Wisconsin Public Service Commission Ex Parte Rules Gutted
Wisconsin Public Service Commission Ex Parte Rules Gutted
2016-01-13
Part Two of a Series There are rules and then there are no rules. If you live in Wisconsin and want to talk to Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Chairperson Ellen Nowak or another commissioner about a utility’s proposal to, say, double the monthly fee for residential rooftop solar – essentially making it unaffordable –… Read more »
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Nevada PUC Chair Thomsen’s Ties to NV Energy Probed
Nevada PUC Chair Thomsen’s Ties to NV Energy Probed
2016-01-11
Inquiry Triggered By Sweeping “Christmas Bait and Switch” Decision to Wipe Out Solar Jobs and Savings  Citizen outrage is building in Nevada in the wake of the sweeping “Christmas Bait-and-Switch” decision that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) made on Wednesday, December 23. The vote increases the monthly fee for residential solar customers and lowers… Read more »
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Arizona Corporation Commission Hires Ethics Officer
Arizona Corporation Commission Hires Chief Ethics Officer
2016-01-7
Is it a New Era?  Or Is Winter Coming?   Can an ethics honcho help to restore public confidence in the Arizona Corporation Commission? There’s certainly a lot to clean up. On New Year’s Eve, Commissioner Bob Stump was partying with Strategen’s Lon Huber. Theoretically an impartial judge for Arizona citizens regarding energy rates, Stump… Read more »
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Wisconsin’s Strange Case of the Missing Job Description
2016-01-4
First in a series on Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission   We recently received an intriguing tip that the most powerful person at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) isn’t Chairperson Ellen Nowak, or Commissioner (and former Chair) Phil Montgomery, or even the newest Commissioner, Mike Huebsch, whose previous job was managing Governor Scott Walker’s… Read more »
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Commissioner Stump’s Text Messages Now Being Examined by Special Master
Commissioner Stump’s Text Messages Now Being Examined by Judge Cole
2015-12-22
3,598 Text Messages in Question   Judge David Cole is now examining “thousands of text messages” downloaded by Arizona Attorney General’s office investigators from Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump’s taxpayer-provided smartphone. The phone was seized as part of an investigation into a whistleblower’s claims of misconduct on the troubled Commission. For months, we’ve sought access to… Read more »
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Columbia University President Asked to Compel Global Center on Energy Policy to Divulge Funding
2015-12-17
Support by ExxonMobil Spurs Questions by Climate, Clean Energy, and Divestment Groups   Today, Checks and Balances Project and representatives of seven allied organizations sent a letter to Columbia University President Dr. Lee Bollinger, asking that he compel Jason Bordoff, founding director of Columbia’s Global Center on Energy Policy, to release the names of the… Read more »
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California Official Denies Lobbying by Arizona Anti-Rooftop Solar Hired Gun
California Official Denies Lobbying by Arizona Hired Gun
2015-12-14
  Lon Huber was special projects advisor for RUCO, the Residential Utility Consumer Office of Arizona, when, in 2013, he proposed a new kind of fee to Chairman Bob Stump of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Huber’s idea was a “fixed charge on every solar customer’s bill.” It would become the nation’s first monthly utility fee for customers who… Read more »
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