National Community Solar Programs Tracker: 2019 Q2

Date: 30 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sixteen states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy development. This quarterly update 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

Stories of Energy Democracy Told in Taunton

Date: 23 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In August 2019, the Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative visited Taunton, Mass., where the community is hoping their city-owned electric utility will accelerate its progress toward renewable energy. In his presentation, John Farrell shared several powerful stories of what’s possible, including the two key tenets of energy democracy: decentralized energy production and decentralized and democratic management and ownership of the system.… Read More

Why Gas Has to Go – And How Cities Can Show it the Door — Episode 87 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 9 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell speaks with Kate Harrison, City Council member for Berkeley, Calif., and Sean Armstrong, Zero Net Energy Designer and Managing Principal at Redwood Energy. The three discuss how Berkeley’s gas ban will improve health, save money, and save the climate.… Read More

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update – 2019 Q2

Date: 2 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

6 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the second quarter of 2019 — 15 percent of which from small-scale solar installations — in the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

From the Archive: South Miami, a Bright Spot for Solar in the Sunshine State – Episode 85 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we revisit our 2018 interview with South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard – who recently used his own solar and storage to go off of the grid for a week. Could distributed solar be the mechanism for a more resilient electric grid?… Read More

Do Solar Salespeople Oversell Savings?

Date: 6 Sep 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If solar developers overestimate future electricity prices, some of the predicted savings of a solar system never materialize. This article evaluates the evidence for, and consequences of, these overestimations. … Read More

Voices of 100%: Will Oklahoma Cities Follow Norman’s Lead to Renewable Energy? — Episode 84 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 28 Aug 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of our Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, Mayor Breea Clark explains what drove Norman, Okla., to make the 100% renewable pledge and its plans to tackle the ambitious goal.… Read More

The Environment, The Economy, and Equity – Episode 83 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 14 Aug 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, equity, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this rebroadcast of the Building Local Power podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Denise Fairchild. The two discuss energy democracy within the context of a book she co-edited, titled “Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions.” … Read More

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