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Families are spending more for energy

Here’s a research finding that won’t be surprising to most Americans: Families are spending more for energy and those increases are stretching their budgets.

But here’s an unexpected fact included in new research:  Electricity prices have actually declined when adjusted for inflation.

These dynamics make it doubly important that we remain vigilant to keep electricity affordable.

Co-ops Add Solar to Portfolios

By Kevin Groenewold | For thousands of years humans have harnessed solar energy to accomplish daily tasks. From starting fires to heating water, the sun powers our society.

The latest wave of solar technology focuses on generating electricity. Some solar power systems span acres, while others are no bigger than a postage stamp. At the end of 2009, America’s cumulative solar capacity reached 2,108 megawatts, and in 2010 the top 10 utilities reported they added 561 megawatts of new solar capacity, an increase of 100 percent over 2009.

Unreasonable government mandates could drive up costs and hurt us all

The first two sentences of an article published last week in the Chicago Tribune say it all:

“Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years. The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation's electricity, more expensive to operate.”

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