The Anti-Competitive Tricks up Utility Sleeves — Episode 191 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 30 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Seth Handy explains how utilities have, through loopholes in federal guidance and friends on public regulatory bodies, protected their own interests at the expense of clean energy projects.… Read More

Portland Funds Community-Led Clean Energy Projects — Episode 190 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maria Sipin discusses what the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund has accomplished, how volunteers from the community have shaped the fund’s priorities, and how to evaluate project success.… Read More

How Utilities Neglect Certain Customers — Episode 189 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 2 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Alex Hill discusses a report on utility redlining in electric distribution, the impacts of inadequate grid infrastructure, and how the report helped make a case against the utility’s proposed rate increase.… Read More

13 States Flunk This Standard Test — Episode 188 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 Jul 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Mari Hernandez explains why we need transparent and efficient interconnection standards, how the regulatory landscape can adapt to new technologies, and where IREC’s Freeing the Grid initiative can help.… Read More

Utilities Gamble With Household Money — Episode 187 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 5 Jul 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tony Bartelme discusses how utilities have wagered and lost billions of customer dollars, why customers are on the hook when utilities take financial risks, and how unhappy customers can counter utility power grabs.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2023 Q1

Date: 28 Jun 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Eight gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the first quarter of 2023. For the third quarter in a row, over half of new generation was solar power (4.5 GW) with the rest from fossil gas (2 GW) and wind (1.5 GW).… Read More

How Cities Can Steer State Action — Episode 186 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 21 Jun 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stacy Miller explains how she represents the city of Minneapolis in state forums, including the Public Utilities Commission, and what’s at stake in decisions made by the state.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Date: 20 Jun 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2023 Q1) shows the capacity built in seven states: Colo., Ill., Mass., Md., Minn., N.J., and N.Y. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

Scoring Justice in Clean Energy Standards — Episode 185 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 7 Jun 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Haley Havens explains the ways that states can advance equity through their clean energy standards and how Minnesota’s 2023 standard performs on the Initiative for Energy Justice’s scorecard. … Read More

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