Can electric utilities operate in the public good?

In 1898, electric utilities were in their infancy. Samuel Insull was head of Chicago Edison Company and president of the National Electric Light Association. He proposed what eventually became their structural and legal framework. A regulated monopoly. He claimed his … Continue reading

Rooftop solar and utilities don’t have to be enemies

Rooftop solar has become mired in controversy. Conservative think tanks allied with electric service providers disapprove of it. They vigorously advocate ending “special treatment” for renewable energy. Environmentalists favor it. Unfortunately, too many of them┬ápaint electric utilities (and large corporations … Continue reading