Joseph Daniel

Senior Energy Analyst

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Joseph Daniel is a senior energy analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, he establishes policy positions, develops strategy, and produces analytics that spur innovation in energy markets to facilitate the transition to a modern electricity grid that is clean, affordable, flexible, and reliable. See Joseph's full bio.

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Xcel Energy decommissioned coal-fired power unit in Denver's Arapahoe Station.

What Xcel’s Western Coal Fleet Can Learn From its Northern One

Xcel Energy made a huge splash when, in 2018, it announced that it would be charting a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity. But they didn’t necessarily win over everyone, including us at UCS. That’s because we know that goals (ambitious or otherwise) have to be judged by actions. The evidence so far is that Xcel isn’t as committed to its climate goals as it would like you (and the media) to think.

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Who’s to Blame for a $10,000 Electric Bill?

This is why you want regulatory oversight and basic consumer protections. Read more >

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This Valentine’s Day is Time To Ask If Your Utility Has a Commitment Problem

Perhaps one of the most over-used Hollywood clichés is the non-committal partner. Sadly, electric utilities across the United States seem to have fallen in the same trope. Read more >

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Has Consumers Energy Found a Loophole in its Clean Energy Pledge?

Despite promises to go clean, Consumers Energy is looking to buy a gas plant. But there are far better options that are more flexible, will probably cost less, and don’t saddle customers with the unnecessary risk associated with investing in gas-fired power plants. Read more >

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We Need to Put an end to Selling Utility Customer Debt

The energy burden is a major problem in the US. In fact, about one in three families living in the United States can’t afford to pay their electric bills. Utilities and regulators account for this shortage and all those unpaid utility bills become ‘bad debt’ on the utilities’ ledger called “uncollectables”. Read more >

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