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Red tape. Aggressive agendas. Bureaucracy. Get the latest news about what's threatening your access to affordable electricity.

Super Bowl blackout shows how we take electricity for granted

The Super Bowl blackout almost stymied the Baltimore Ravens’ game plan but it could give a push to the nation’s discussion of energy issues.
That’s the view of U.S. Sen.  Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who said the 33 minutes when the Superdome went dark could shed light on how much we all rely on electricity. 
“I think it helps to perhaps kick-start the debate,” she said, according to The Hill newspaper.

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau working to Keep Electricity Affordable

This recent radio spot by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau outlines the importance of affordable electricity – not only for our home use, but also for the farmers who help feed our country.

Electricity can be a huge expenditure for farmers and ranchers – so if energy costs escalate unnecessarily our food prices could rise too. Unaffordable electricity caused by unneeded mandates also could threaten the economic well-being of some family farms. 


Powering the Super Bowl

UPDATED 2/3/2013 at 8:20 PM We don't think much about reliable electricity until we don't have it. We learned during Super Bowl XLVII that we can't afford to take it for granted. From national pleasures like football to national necesities like farming and small business, electricity power our lives.

The quarterbacks aren’t the only things powering the teams in the Super Bowl; electricity plays a big role in the biggest sporting event of the year.

Regulatory “question mark” keeps utilities guessing

Why do ill-conceived energy regulations and other bureaucratic red tape ultimately lead to greater electricity costs for consumers? As this thoughtful article in the Wyoming Business Report explains, utilities are striving to use a greater variety of energy sources while operating responsibly and ensuring a reliable supply of affordable energy – but it’s extremely difficult in an uncertain regulatory environment. 

Spreading the word about the value of affordable electricity – and why we need to protect it

You’ve seen us on the web. Now look for us in your local newspaper or listen for us on the radio. Keep Electricity Affordable is turning up the volume on our message with an ad campaign that highlights how we all depend on affordable electricity – and why we can’t afford to take it for granted.

The newspaper and online ads depict a maze standing between a plug and a wall socket. “It shouldn’t be this hard to get affordable electricity,” the newspaper ad notes, adding: “We can’t have electricity caught in a maze of flawed regulations and mandates.”