Colorado Bill Increases Utility Accountability — Episode 194 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 18 Oct 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Steve Fenberg discusses Colorado’s Senate Bill 291, which changed incentives in the investor-owned utility business model to protect Colorado consumers from high fossil fuel costs and protects captive customers from paying for the utility to lobby against their own interests.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2023 Q2

Date: 3 Oct 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Nearly 11 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the second quarter of 2023. Over half of that capacity was solar power (5.5 gigawatts), about a third was fossil gas (3.8 gigawatts), and the rest was wind (1.5 gigawatts).… Read More

Against All Reason, Indiana Dismantles Rooftop Solar — Episode 193 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 27 Sep 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ben Inskeep discusses Indiana’s backward solar policy, why local solar is a threat to utilities, and how to go up against the powerful entrenched interests of monopolies.… Read More

Don’t Follow California’s Lead on Rooftop Solar — Episode 192 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 13 Sep 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sachu Constantine explains the obstacles and opportunities arising for the electric grid as customers become generators and what California got wrong in its 2022 net metering decision.… Read More

The Anti-Competitive Tricks up Utility Sleeves — Episode 191 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 30 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Seth Handy explains how utilities have, through loopholes in federal guidance and friends on public regulatory bodies, protected their own interests at the expense of clean energy projects.… Read More

Portland Funds Community-Led Clean Energy Projects — Episode 190 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maria Sipin discusses what the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund has accomplished, how volunteers from the community have shaped the fund’s priorities, and how to evaluate project success.… Read More

Maryland’s Community Solar Program

Date: 9 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2023, Maryland passed legislation (HB 908) making permanent a successful 7-year community solar pilot program. The now-permanent program allows for unlimited capacity and requires that 40% of each project’s output serves low- to moderate-income subscribers.… Read More

How Utilities Neglect Certain Customers — Episode 189 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 2 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Alex Hill discusses a report on utility redlining in electric distribution, the impacts of inadequate grid infrastructure, and how the report helped make a case against the utility’s proposed rate increase.… Read More

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