The 2020 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 5 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2020 Community Power Scorecard, two states excelled, seven states and the District of Columbia saw above average scores, 11 were average, 17 were mediocre, and 13 states received failing grades at enabling individuals and communities to take charge of their energy futures.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker: 2019 Q3

Date: 8 Jan 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sixteen states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy development. This quarterly update (2019 Q3) shows the capacity built in states with active programs: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

Three Big Energy Stories from 2019 with 2020 Implications

Date: 25 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I am loathe to engage in lists, but year-end is a good time for reflection on big changes in the energy world. Plus, this beats the alternative of showing photos of cats in Christmas outfits, trying to co-opt a meme of baby Yoda, or just posting links to ILSR’s top 10 energy things. Here are three things we saw as big stories in 2019 and implications for 2020.… Read More

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2019 Q3

Date: 20 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

3 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the third quarter of 2019 — 31 percent of which from small-scale solar installations — in the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Climate Justice Plan Upends Typical City Process, Putting Communities First — Episode 93 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 18 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of our Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell speaks with Providence Director of Sustainability Leah Bamberger. The two talk about how energy democracy runs through the city’s new climate justice plan, which centers frontline communities in Providence.… Read More

Oregon Nears Launch of a Solid Community Solar Program

Date: 13 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Adopted by the legislature in 2016, it’s been a long wait for Oregon’s community solar program to launch. Technically, it hasn’t yet, but the program rules are final enough to show that this program scores well on the four principles for community renewable energy.… Read More

Island Utility Aims for Two-Thirds Renewable Energy by 2020 — Episode 92 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 4 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with David Bissell, CEO of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The two talk about the utility’s renewable energy achievement, the challenges of operating a utility on an island, and how Kauai provides a “postcard from the future” for other U.S. utilities.… Read More

How Market Power Gives Electric Utilities Political Power

Date: 11 Nov 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the pathway to 100% renewable energy lie electric utilities. Despite some changes to market structure in past decades, most utilities still have enormous market, and political power. How do they wield it, and how does it impact the shift toward cleaner energy?… Read More

Letter Supporting an Accurate Value of Solar

Date: 4 Nov 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following letter to regulators in Kentucky shares ILSR’s experience with value of solar policy, including the key categories of value to assess, the importance of a utility-independent methodology, the tension between accuracy and usefulness in setting prices, and what to expect from previous exercises in other states.… Read More

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