New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q2

Date: 21 Sep 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New renewable energy beat out new fossil generation in the second quarter of 2020, but the hampering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have begun to take hold. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Date: 14 Sep 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 Q2) 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

Report: 47 States Could Meet 100% of Electricity Needs Using In-State Renewables

Date: 10 Sep 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The third edition of this report asks yet again: if each U.S. state took full advantage of its own renewable energy resources, would it be sufficient to satisfy that state’s electricity consumption? The answer for most states is yes, easily.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Arkansas City Advances its Energy Action Plan — Episode 112 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 9 Sep 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Voices of 100% series, host John Farrell speaks with Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Environmental Director Peter Nierengarten of Fayetteville, Arkansas about their 100% commitment.… Read More

Sparking Grid Savings Starts at Home

Date: 2 Sep 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This 2020 update to a 2016 report finds that while new technology has made electricity demand response simple and cost-effective, and has opened the opportunity for residential savings, utility implementation of demand response programs is lagging.… Read More

The Secret to Low Cost, Low Carbon Home Heating? Your Water Pipes — Episode 111 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jay Egg, a geothermal expert, about successful water main geothermal projects in Canada and the triumphs and challenges of projects in the U.S.… Read More

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

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