Friends of the Earth 901
In order to address the risks shown by disastrous climate change, the US, along with all other countries, must move decisively to replace fossil fuels and nuclear power with greenhouse gas free renewable energy, energy storage and energy efficiency technologies. The promise of a 100% renewable energy future is not a fantasy, but a necessity. Friends of the Earth is dedicated to assuring that the green energy transition can and will be made while assuring environmental and economic justice.
Friends of the Earth’s Clean Energy program is working to transform the Tennessee Valley Authority from a federal utility committed to generating electricity from climate and environment destroying coal, gas and nuclear power to one which leads the country in applying energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in the quest to assure its customers with low cost, safe, clean energy for economic development across the region. A particular focus of the program is to work with activists and community and business leaders in Memphis to develop ambitious efficiency and solar power programs to address poverty and the need for job creation in Memphis, Tennessee.
A new study published today by Friends of the Earth found that Memphis Light, Gas and Water could save hundreds of millions of dollars for Memphis ratepayers if MLGW was to obtain its own power supply rather than continue using power from the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Five climate and energy-conservation groups today sued the Tennessee Valley Authority for imposing discriminatory electricity rates that discourage homeowners and businesses from investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Former president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water and past City Attorney, Herman Morris, Jr., has joined Friends of the Earth as an adviser. Morris will work with Friends of the Earth on current and future projects geared towards educating Memphis-area residents on energy efficiency and cost-saving initiatives.
In The News:
- Daily Memphian, MLGW to Talk With Other Electric Providers As It Weighs Long-term Future With TVA, Feb. 22, 2019
- Fox 13, Study shows MLGW could save millions on power by leaving TVA, Feb. 20, 2019
- Commercial Appeal, MLGW Could Save millions, Get Greener, By Breaking Away From TVA, Study Says, Feb. 19, 2019
Memphis Business Journal, Another Study Shows Savings for MLGW Outside of TVA, Feb. 19, 2019
- Memphis Flyer, Study: Switch From TVA Power Could Save Up To $333M, Feb. 18, 2019
- ABC 24, Study Says MLGW Could Save More Than 300 Million By Telling TVA To Hit The Road, Feb. 18, 2019
- Daily Memphian, New Study Lays Out Path to MLGW Cutting Historic Ties to TVA, Feb. 18, 2019