New York’s Community Solar Program

Date: 14 May 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

NY-Sun’s Shared Renewables program, enacted by the Reforming the Energy Vision initiative in 2017, offers community solar to homes and businesses. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional New York community solar resources.… Read More

How Big Utilities’ Climate Pledges Fall Short — Episode 129 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 5 May 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell and guest John Romankiewicz discuss The Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges: utilities are doing far too little to retire coal, replace it with clean energy, and fulfill their promises.… Read More

30 Times More Jobs from Rooftop Solar, Utility Filing Says

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

Tucked into a proposal from Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric company, was a comparison of two proposed solar projects: one, a giant solar array on the site of a closing coal plant; the other, a small collection of rooftop solar projects to serve low-income residents. In a nondescript table was a bombshell revelation about the relative economic benefits of solar at small scale: for every million the utility proposed spending on rooftop solar, it would create 30 times more jobs than $1 million spent on utility-scale solar.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Youth Propel a Climate Action Plan in St. Louis Park — Episode 128 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 21 Apr 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 and guests Larry Kraft and Emily Ziring discuss the St. Louis Park, Minn. climate action plan and commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040.… Read More

Hosting Capacity Analysis Could Simplify Grid Interconnection for Distributed Energy Resources

Date: 13 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

These comments, submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on April 7, underline the value Xcel Energy’s hosting capacity analysis could have as part of the interconnection process.… Read More

Community Solar Collective Gives Member-Owners Power — Episode 127 of Local Energy Rules

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

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Timothy DenHerder-Thomas discuss the People’s Solar Energy Fund, an initiative to pool together community-owned solar developers and scale up community solar nationwide.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: Annual Update — 2020

Date: 1 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. energy industry in 2020: though the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic showed up, renewables resources showed out. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

Date: 1 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem extends into the energy and electricity sector. While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America’s monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of the economy — including the electricity sector. The report is the latest in a series from ILSR focused on fighting monopoly power throughout several sectors of our economy, including Banking, Broadband, Food and Farming, Pharmacy, Waste and Recycling, and Small Business.… Read More

Illinois’s Community Solar Program

Date: 31 Mar 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Future Energy Jobs Act, passed in 2016, is a comprehensive bill that established Illinois’s community solar program and a commitment to expand access to solar for low- and moderate-income residents.… Read More

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