When a Win is a Win, and a Loss is a Lesson — Episode 162 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 3 Aug 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, co-hosts Luke Gannon and Reggie Rucker ask John Farrell about an upcoming podcast series, “The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.” This episode is rebroadcast from Building Local Power.… Read More

The Member Campaigns Behind a Colorado Co-op’s Evolution — Episode 161 of Local Energy Rules

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

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Kevin Williams discuss how cooperative member-owners mobilized and campaigned for transparency, flexibility, and affordability from Delta Montrose Electric Cooperative.… Read More

New Jersey’s Community Solar Program

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

New Jersey legislators created a Community Solar Energy Pilot Program in 2018, and due to its rapid success, moved to make the program permanent in 2021. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional New Jersey community solar resources.… Read More

San Antonio Report (Opinion): How we’re making San Antonio hotter — and how we can help cool it down

Date: 9 Jul 2022 | posted in: Energy, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Bill Barker cites Institute for Local Self-Reliance research on the potential usefulness of water pipes as a replacement for dirty energy utilities among the creative solutions available to mitigate the harms modern comforts introduce to a heating planet.… Read More

Small Solar Frees Energy From Decades of Utility-Stifled Innovation — Episode 160 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 6 Jul 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Bill Nussey discuss how regulated utility monopolies are stifling energy innovation and why “small is the future” of the energy sector.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2022 Q1

Date: 29 Jun 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Only 6.4 gigawatts of electricity generation capacity went online in the first quarter of 2021. Solar generation facilities comprised 3.7 of those 6.4 gigawatts. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

How Colorado Electric Customers Are Leading a Co-op’s Clean Energy Journey — Episode 159 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 22 Jun 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Bryan Hannegan discuss how cultural change, led by the customers, pushed Holy Cross Energy to offer innovative programs in its transition to 100 percent renewable energy.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker: 2022 Q1

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

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2022 Q1) shows the capacity built in five states: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

A Solar Policy Shows How Solar Protects Households From High Gas Prices

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

State “value of solar” policies, as in Minnesota, create an incentive to install more solar energy in response to high natural gas prices and reduce long-term impacts on electricity customers.… Read More

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