Ever wondered why utilities favor heavily polluting power plants, are slow to adopt clean renewable energy, and fight dirty against sensible rules to curb their emissions? It’s because they get financially rewarded for it whereas there’s nothing rewards them to protect people’s health and environment. Like big defense contractors they get paid handsomely, no matter what, while passing all the risks on to the consumer.
That is why Ron Binz wants to change how we incentivize utilities:
He calls for ‘decoupling’ the link between their earnings and electricity consumption.
According to Binz, who knows the industry like few others, utilities badly need a new business model or risk being thrown off balance by technology innovations like grid defection,battery storage, and widespread rooftop solar.
Ron Binz is Principal at Public Policy Consulting (http://rbinz.com), specializing in energy and telecommunications economics and policy issues. He is also a Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for the New Energy Economy (http://www.cnee.colostate.edu) at CSU.
More about Ron Binz here (http://rbinz.com/BinzBio.html).
The event is free but we welcome donations to cover the reception.
Co-sponsored with the JUC Green Task Force and Golden Earth Days.
Contact: Martin Voelker[masked] - [masked]
Stay after the presentation for food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks during our networking reception!
Sat. Feb 6: Workshop: Bringing the Paris Climate Accords Home (http://www.meetup.com/J-CRES/events/228481025/) - Decarbonizing one community at a time.
Tue. Feb 9: The Current State of Solar Energy for Low Income Consumers (http://www.meetup.com/Boulder-Colorado-Renewable-Energy-Society-Meetup/events/228328261/)
Th. Feb 18: Resource Rich Colorado, by the Colorado Energy Coalition (http://www.meetup.com/Metro-Denver-CRES/events/228297997/)