Voices of 100%: Midway to Local Goal, Missoula Seeks New Clean Energy — Episode 110 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 12 Aug 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of our Voices of 100% series, host John Farrell speaks with two 100% renewable leaders in Missoula, Mont.: City Council President Bryan von Lossberg and Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier.… Read More

Coal Plant Communities Seek a Just Economic Transition

Date: 7 Aug 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Communities reliant on coal, for tax revenue and jobs, are at risk when the plants go under. In this post, we dig in to coal plant closures and ask whether clean energy opportunities can replace what’s been lost.… Read More

Is Energy Still a “Natural Monopoly”? — Episode 109 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 30 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, an interview from ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Scott Hempling about the role of natural monopolies in markets seeking decentralization.… Read More

Why Utilities in Minnesota and Other States Need to Plan for More Competition

Date: 22 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report explores the undercounting of customer-sited and non-utility solar in utility distributed resource forecasting. It finds that Xcel Energy’s forecasts for distributed solar in Minnesota are strikingly low.… Read More

Co-op Power Raises the Bar for Community Solar Nationwide — Episode 108 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 15 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Lynn Benander from Co-op Power about community solar, its barriers, and how communities across the country are building a cleaner, cheaper future.… Read More

Can Southern Cities Sever Ties with Tennessee Valley Monopoly? — Episode 107 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 1 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Maggie Shober of SACE. They discuss how Tennessee Valley Authority grew from a federally mandated utility commission to an unresponsive, restrictive monopoly.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Date: 29 Jun 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

16 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2020 Q1) shows the capacity built in states with most active programs: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q1

Date: 26 Jun 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New solar capacity hit a record high in the first quarter of 2020. Will the coronavirus pandemic slow renewable energy installation for the rest of the year? Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

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