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Alex Kotch

Investigative Journalist

Brooklyn, NY

Alex Kotch

Independent investigative journalist focused on money in politics, education and the environment.

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Solar Battle Continues In North Carolina As Nonprofit Fights Duke Energy

In one of the remaining four states that explicitly ban third-party solar sales, a small nonprofit is continuing its fight against the nation’s biggest utility over the right to sell solar power to churches and other nonprofits without the utility’s involvement. North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), a 28-year-old environmental nonprofit with an annual budget of around $1.1 million, is fighting Duke Energy, a massive energy company that raked in $23.5 billion in revenue in 2015 and is valued at $54.4 billion.
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Activists Push For Climate Justice, Fair Elections This Week In Washington

This week, thousands of activists converged in Washington, D.C. for Democracy Spring, a series of rallies, marches and sit-ins to protest big money in politics, voter suppression, and the Senate’s obstruction of President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination. Central to these forces are environmental activists from all over the country.
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Bipartisan Bills and Civil Protests Mount Against Duke Energy's Obstructionism

Around the nation, big utility companies are successfully lobbying lawmakers and regulators to restrict individual and corporate access to solar power, denying people significant savings on electricity bills and the opportunity to take part in the growing green energy economy. In third-party solar financing, a non-utility company installs solar panels on a customer's property at little or no up-front cost, sometimes selling the solar energy back to the customer at rates typically lower than a utility would charge.
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About

Alex Kotch

I’m an independent investigative journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. My stories about money in politics, the environment and education have appeared at AlterNet, DeSmogBlog, Salon, The American Prospect, BillMoyers.com, Truthout, Truthdig, Raw Story, National Memo, Facing South, EcoWatch, Vocativ and The Brooklyn Rail.

I've made TV and radio appearances on The Big Picture, The Thom Hartmann Program, The Real News Network, Time Warner Cable News and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

My research and reporting have been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, The Atlantic, National Journal, Salon, Jacobin, Media Matters, Harvard Political Review, The Raleigh News & Observer, Triangle Business Journal, The Charlotte Observer, Greensboro News & Record, and the Wilmington Star-News, among others publications.

I have a Bachelor's in music from Brown University and a Masters and PhD in music composition from Duke University. I'm an active producer and DJ of electronic dance music.

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Skills

  • Social media
  • Data visualization
  • Investigative reporting
  • Research