New Report: 30 Million Solar Homes Would Create 1.77 Million Jobs, $69 Billion in Energy Savings

Date: 14 Jul 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report finds that deploying distributed solar energy to the equivalent of 30 million American homes would produce significant job-creation and economic benefits while addressing climate change and mitigating racial and income disparities.… Read More

Oregon’s Community Solar Program

Date: 7 Jul 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Passed in 2016, Section 22 of SB 1547 establishes a program for community solar projects. The Oregon Solar Dashboard tracks developments by year. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional Oregon community solar resources.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2021 Q1

Date: 2 Jul 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wind energy took the prize for the most new generating capacity in the first quarter of 2021, which included the first utility-owned offshore wind project. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative. … Read More

For Public Utilities, Customers Spark Pioneering Policy with a Vote — Episode 133 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 30 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Eric Williams discuss the growing momentum for clean energy and how people drive change within public utilities.… Read More

Targeting Subscriber Inequities in Minnesota’s Community Solar Program

Date: 23 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments, submitted to Minnesota utility regulators, ILSR asks that the Commission extends the residential adder: a program designed to increase residential participation in community solar gardens.… Read More

Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Roadblocks in the Rooftop Revolution — Episode 132 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Danny Kennedy discuss rooftop solar revolutions, Kennedy’s work at New Energy Nexus, and the importance of innovation in the energy sector. … Read More

In the Star Tribune: Wrong Incentives Drive Energy Decisions in Minnesota, Most States

Date: 8 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the Star Tribune, ILSR Co-Director and Director of the Energy Democracy Initiative John Farrell explains that thanks to a lack of competition, Minnesota energy companies have little incentive to invest in clean energy.… Read More

Voices of 100%: In Case of Emergency, Break Down Barriers to Net Zero — Episode 131 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 3 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this Voices of 100% episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell talks with guests Mark Gamba and Natalie Rogers of Milwaukie, Oregon. In 2020, the city declared a climate emergency and accelerated its climate action goals.… Read More

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