Few things have a greater impact on the health of our people and our planet than energy production and use.
For more than 40 years, the Izaak Walton League has worked to ensure that individuals, communities, states, and our nation make educated energy decisions. We promote energy choices that are cost effective and environmentally responsible – choices that ensure future generations can benefit fully from our country’s unique natural heritage.
Piloting New Rate Structures: The League partnered with one of Minnesota’s largest utilities in 2011 to structure utility rates to encourage conservation and energy efficiency while also ensuring utilities can make a profit to stay in business. This rate structure serves as a model for utilities nationwide. Using lessons learned from that success, the League partnered with the Minnesota's third largest gas utility in 2012 to ensure its efforts to restructure rates were in keeping with conservation intent.
These efforts will allow greater consumer choice in energy sources, provide utilities incentives to increase efficiency options for their customers, and have already opened the door to continued improvements to utility rate structures that align with conservation.
Combatting Energy Myths: The idea that we need a minimum number of traditional fossil-fuel power plants to meet our nation’s minimum electricity needs – called “baseload power” – is becoming increasingly obsolete. The electricity system developed during the last half of the 20th century relied on large, centralized coal-fired, nuclear, and hydroelectric plants to supply cheap and reliable power to local regions.
Today, as the electricity market changes, a clean energy system that offers significant economic, health, and environmental benefits is already emerging. In “Always On: Reliable electricity in an age of coal plant retirement,” the Izaak Walton League and Fresh Energy explain market forces that caused traditional baseload electricity sources to have less value in the 21st-century electricity system. The report demonstrates how current energy market forces are paving the way for cleaner, more efficient ways to meet our basic electricity needs.