The Legal Case for a Clean and Competitive Energy Sector — Episode 152 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Mar 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Jean Su discuss a landmark court ruling’s implications for antitrust enforcement and how President Biden could defend the U.S. from climate and economic harms.… Read More

Tweaking a Tax Credit Would Help More Americans Go Solar [Infographic]

Date: 14 Mar 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Current solar tax incentives have disproportionately benefited wealthier Americans and big businesses and banks. Changes to these tax credits could help millions of families, schools, and community organizations go solar.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker – 2021 Q4

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

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2021 Q4) 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

Voices of 100%: Idaho Coalition Crafts a Data-Driven Clean Power Pledge — Episode 151 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 2 Mar 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this Voices of 100% episode of Local Energy Rules, guests Lynne Barker, Scott Runkel, and host John Farrell discuss Blaine County’s 2020 commitment to 100 percent renewable energy and how Idaho communities can reach their goals.… Read More

ILSR Asks Regulators to Protect Customers From Unjust Utility Spending

Date: 28 Feb 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In February 2022, ILSR filed comments to FERC on utility rate recovery and industry association dues. These comments argue that monopoly utilities must prove they are not spending ratepayer dollars on advocacy for anti-competitive, anti-consumer policies.… Read More

The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 24 Feb 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Communities can do a lot to advance energy democracy, but some of their options depend on state policy. This annual scorecard from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative grades states on whether their policies help or hinder local clean energy action.… Read More

Leaders in Morris, Minn., Create a Model for Rural Resilience — Episode 150 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Feb 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, guests Troy Goodnough and Blaine Hill join John Farrell to discuss the Morris Model. They discuss local and international partnerships and what it means to be a model community.… Read More

By Controlling Transmission, Utilities Corner the Electricity Market — Episode 149 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 2 Feb 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Ari Peskoe discuss how utilities have gained outsized market power by owning transmission infrastructure and how federal regulators could reintroduce competition through targeted regulation.… Read More

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