Tennessee Valley’s Unchecked Authority — Episode 183 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 10 May 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maggie Shober discusses how the Tennessee Valley Authority operates like a for-profit utility, despite its public ownership. Portions of this interview were released as part of last year’s series on public power.… Read More

The Value Idling in Electric Vehicles — Episode 182 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 26 Apr 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Brian Callnan discusses New Hampshire Electric Cooperative’s Transactive Energy Rate pilot program and how the energy sitting in electric vehicle batteries can provide additional value to the owner and the grid.… Read More

The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2022 Update

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

How much of the U.S. solar fleet is made up of smaller, distributed sources that help communities build local wealth? This 2022 update examines the size of state solar markets and the saturation of distributed and community solar systems.… Read More

Central California District Pushes for Public Power — Episode 181 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 12 Apr 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Peter Rietkerk discusses how a public agency could do a better job than Pacific Gas & Electric and the South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s 18 year endeavor to provide retail electric service in California’s Central Valley.… Read More

Extremely Comfortable Home Makeovers — Episode 180 of Local Energy Rules

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

Nate Adams explains how to electrify homes in cold climates, which policies and incentives actually support home electrification, and the problems we must solve to reach net zero emissions by 2050.… Read More

StarTribune: Utility Lobbying Violates Ratepayers’ Free Speech

Date: 23 Mar 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this commentary from the Minneapolis StarTribune, John Farrell makes a case against monopoly utilities using customer funds for political lobbying. Compelling captive customers to pay for political speech is a violation of their first amendment right, says Farrell.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2022 Q4

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

8.4 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the fourth quarter of 2022. 60 percent of that total, or nearly six gigawatts, was new solar power. Wind power generation capacity grew steadily with 3.4 gigawatts added.… Read More

Interconnection and Grid Planning — Episode 179 of Local Energy Rules

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

Sky Stanfield discusses how good interconnection policy and proactive grid planning can capitalize on existing distribution infrastructure for the most cost-effective clean energy transition.… Read More

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