Local Energy Production Builds Resiliency in the Bay Area — Episode 101 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 8 Apr 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jessie Denver of East Bay Community Energy. Farrell and Denver discuss how distributed energy resources can prepare communities for disaster — and increase resilience after it hits.… Read More

More Cities are Kicking Gas Reliance to the Curb

Date: 6 Apr 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Electrification is a component of many city climate action plans, but beyond reducing carbon footprints, it carries important economic and health benefits. In this post, we explore how cities use local authority to electrify — and ditch dirty gas for good.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: Annual Update — 2019

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

Added wind and small-solar generation reached new heights in 2019. Could 2020 be the year that distributed solar overtakes utility-scale solar? Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Celebrating 100: A Spotlight on 6 Leaders of 100% Renewable Cities — Episode 100 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 25 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For our 100th episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, we compiled a highlight reel from the Voices of 100% series. This episode celebrates the cities that are working toward our vision: community-driven, equitable, 100% renewable energy economies.… Read More

Webinar: Equitable Community Solar

Date: 17 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted a webinar exploring a February 2020 report on Equitable Community Solar. Watch the recorded webinar, in which co-authors Jonathan Welle and Timothy DenHerder Thomas walk through the report.… Read More

Does Energy Democracy Have Meaning in a Pandemic?

Date: 16 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I’m writing this piece from my living room couch, my kids out of school and doing a “home school” schedule while my wife and I try to work. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts about how decentralized and democratized energy systems might help us weather things like the current COVID-19 pandemic.… Read More

In the Wake of Wildfires, California Community Chooses Local Power — Episode 99 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 11 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Matthew Marshall, Executive Director of Redwood Coast Energy Authority. The two discuss the community choice energy model and finding local resilience with microgrids.… Read More

Webinar: Community Choice Energy Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

Date: 6 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance put on a webinar exploring a February 2020 report on Community Choice Energy. Watch the recorded webinar, in which John Farrell explains where, how, and why community choice energy programs are gaining popularity and the many benefits they offer.… Read More

Spreading Like Wildfire: An Interest in Making Electric Power Public

Date: 5 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Despite the time and money required for a public takeover, many cities are taking steps toward municipalizing their electric utility. This post compiles some stories behind these battles in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Boulder, and more.… Read More

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