Monthly Archives: June 2018

Michigan: Consumers Energy spends millions to unseat 2 pro-consumer legislators, derail free analog meter bill, keep utility monopoly; report exposes lobbying front group

The Energy and Policy Institute report follows this overview article. From Michigan Radio by Tracy Hamilton June 12, 2018 In the past four years, Consumers Energy gave $43 million to a political lobbying group, Citizens for Energizing Michigan’s Economy, according … Continue reading

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New surveillance warning required for international websites like this

To follow up the Electronic Freedom Foundation article, this notice from WordPress was just posted on the administration page for this website: “Akismit and Privacy To help your site be compliant with GDPR and other laws requiring notification of tracking, … Continue reading

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: U.S. Homeland Security new HART database to include DNA, biometrics, “relationship patterns” on citizens and foreigners

Smart Meter data will be one facet of personal information compiled on every person. DHS’s plans for future data collection and use should make us all very worried. For example, despite pushback from EFF, Georgetown, ACLU, and others, DHS believes it’s legally authorized to collect and … Continue reading

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Arizona: Is the bribery trial of an ex-utility regulator just a warm-up?

The Arizona Corporation Commission is that state’s utility regulatory commission. Supposedly. From Arizona Central by Laurie Roberts May 30, 2018 Let the warm-up show begin. If, in fact, you call the bribery and fraud trial of a former corporation commissioner, … Continue reading

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