Changing the Language of Renewable Energy, the Electric Monopoly’s Newest Ploy

Date: 18 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What happens when utility companies lose ground as their customers cut consumption and seek innovative technologies like rooftop solar? New business ventures to capture customer interest? Other new technologies? Instead, investor-owned utilities (through the Edison Electric Institute trade organization) poured money into communications consultants, and the result of this “Lexicon Project” says volumes about their plans for … Read More

Should Energy Storage Share the Tax Credits for Renewable Energy?

Date: 15 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May of 2016, the U.S. Representative from Silicon Valley, Mike Honda (D), introduced the Energy Storage for Grid Resilience and Modernization Act (H.R. 5350). In short, this bill extends the current 30% Renewable Energy Tax Credit (which was just extended last year) to energy storage technologies, not just the wind, solar, and geothermal power plants … Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of August 8, 2016

Date: 9 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: The unstoppable march towards rooftop solar, the difference between our political parties’ views on renewable energy, and a plan to help Connecticut farmers to earn income from solar. Featured Stories City Power Play Report: Part 1 – Municipal Utilities by John Farrell, CleanTechnica Richmond helps farmers earn income from solar … Read More

Listen: A Global Village and a Globe of Villages – David Morris’ Speech from 1997

Date: 8 Aug 2016 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On April 23rd, 1997, David Morris delivered a speech to the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The title of his talk was “A Global Village and a Globe of Villages” and, even though this talk was delivered nearly 20 years ago, is instructive for our current national conversation. The way that our world is shaped, … Read More

Video: The Coming of Energy Democracy – Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

Date: 4 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On June 17, John Farrell delivered a keynote address to the annual Midwest Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart policies can lead to the downfall of the monopoly electric utility. Thank you to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association for the recording of … Read More

Video: The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy – CommonBound 2016 Conference

Date: 1 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On July 9, John Farrell spoke to a group at the CommonBound 2016 Conference. The conference brought hundreds of leaders together to share “visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change” in areas such as energy policy and economic justice. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart policies … Read More

Will Trump Quit Mocking Climate Science When He Sees The Viability Of Free Market Solutions?

Date: 27 Jul 2016 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2016 election, issues of renewable energy have been relatively muted, with issues of coal workers and the economies of these communities taking center stage in Donald Trump’s campaign. This editorial from Ken Silverstein in Forbes features insight from our very own renewable energy guru, John Farrell, check it out.… Read More

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