City of Logan Joins SOPEC

On May 22, 2018, the Logan City Council passed legislation authorizing the City of Logan to officially join the SOPEC Council of Governments. SOPEC is a regional public service organization that provides shared administrative and legal services required for public energy programs, including electric aggregation. The City of Logan marks the eleventh community to join the SOPEC Council of Governments since its inception in 2014.

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Eddie Smith
City of Athens Passes the Carbon Fee

On May 8, 2018, voters in the City of Athens approved the opt-out carbon fee to be charged on electric utility usage within the City of Athens. The fee was proposed as a local mechanism to adjust energy prices and account for some of the social costs of carbon that result from fossil fuel power plants supplying the utility grid. In addition, the approved ballot measure restricts all revenues collected from the fee for the future development of solar PV systems on publicly-owned buildings within the City of Athens. The City of Athens Carbon Fee marks the first carbon pricing regime in the United States that was democratically approved by voters and adopted through local ordinance using energy aggregation.

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Eddie Smith