The 2023 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 23 Feb 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Communities can do a lot to advance energy democracy, but some tools must be granted by 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

California’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Feb 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California passed a new community renewable energy program in 2022 (AB2316). To maximize benefits to subscribers, 51 percent of which must be low-income households, developers are incentivized to pair community solar with battery storage.… Read More

Survey Says: Interconnection Data is Unavailable — Episode 177 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 15 Feb 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Justin Baca and David Gahl discuss how an information gap trips up small solar developers. They also explain their letter to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which asks for more federal data collection from electric utilities and transmission operators.… Read More

Commission Failed Georgians in Nuclear Fiasco — Episode 176 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 1 Feb 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Patty Durand, candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission, explains how the Commission failed to protect consumers from the Vogtle nuclear power plant, what Durand will do differently, if she is elected, and why her candidacy faced legal challenges.… Read More

Who Needs Transmission Wires Anyway? — Episode 175 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 Jan 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Dan Juhl develops integrated clean energy projects that combine solar, wind, and/or battery storage. He shares how commercial-scale, hybrid solar and wind systems are a “real match” that can circumvent transmission system concerns.… Read More

Arizona Public Utility Acts Like For-Profit Peers — Episode 174 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 4 Jan 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Autumn Johnson talks about Salt River Project: a publicly-owned Arizona utility engaged in some shady behavior. The public’s only accountability measure? Board members who are elected by land-owning customers and punished for their dissension.… Read More

Feds Should Collect Better Data for Fairer Markets and Energy Justice

Date: 21 Dec 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today the Institute for Local Self-Reliance was joined by joined by 24 utility justice, consumer advocate, and environmental organizations in submitting comments urging the Energy Information Administration to incorporate interconnection and utility shutoffs data.… Read More

Regulators as Referees When Utilities and Customers Clash — Episode 173 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 21 Dec 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ted Thomas, former chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, discusses access, fairness, cost shifts, utility monopolies, and innovation in the electricity sector.… Read More

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