The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2021 Update

Date: 31 May 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How much of the U.S. solar fleet is made up of smaller, distributed sources that help communities build local wealth? This 2021 update examines the size of state solar markets and the saturation of distributed and community solar systems.… Read More

From the Archive: Ballot Initiative Shapes Iowa Town’s Fight for Local Power — Episode 157 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 26 May 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, a rebroadcast from the archive, guests Andrew Johnson and Joel Zook join host John Farrell to discuss how a municipal electric utility could better serve Decorah residents.… Read More

A People’s Playbook on Advancing Energy Justice, Despite Utility Misdirection — Episode 156 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 11 May 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Yesenia Rivera discuss the People’s Utility Justice Playbook and how to combat utility tactics that undermine energy democracy.… Read More

Monopolistic Utility Companies Suppress the Use of Customer Data — Episode 155 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 27 Apr 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, a rebroadcast from the Building Local Power Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Michael Murray discuss how utilities resist data portability, even though customers have a right to their data.… Read More

Implemented Correctly, Community Choice Energy Can Support Colorado Communities in Their Goals

Date: 20 Apr 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments filed to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, ILSR describes how a community choice agency can better manage energy efficiency programs, support the expansion of distributed energy resources, and align with local interests.… Read More

The Movement to Take Back Control From Monopoly Electric Utilities — Episode 154 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 13 Apr 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, a rebroadcast from the Building Local Power Podcast, we share a recording of ILSR’s Democratizing Power event: a conversation with advocates about how communities have challenged monopoly power.… Read More

Xcel’s Hosting Capacity Map Is Better, but Needs Improvement Before It’s Useful for Interconnecting Distributed Solar

Date: 8 Apr 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments filed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, ILSR notes some improvements in Xcel Energy’s hosting capacity map and points to issues that require further attention.… Read More

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