Half of Germany’s 63,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy is Locally Owned

Date: 15 May 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Courtesy of Craig Morris and the Germany Renewable Energy industry, evidence that Germany’s renewable energy program remains people powered.  Total megawatts represent wind and solar only.

8 Vivid Charts – 8 Reasons for a Solar Energy Standard in Minnesota

Date: 13 May 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A conference committee is resolving differences between House and (much weaker) Senate versions of a solar energy standard in Minnesota today.  Here’s 8 graphic reasons why the state should go for solar as aggressively as it can. 8 Vivid Charts – 8 Reasons for a Solar Energy Standard in Minnesota from John Farrell

Soft Costs Make a Bigger Difference as Solar Gets Cheap

Date: 29 Apr 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week’s graphic on the impact of local permitting on the cost of solar power was a big hit, so here’s a follow up on “soft costs,” the expenses in a solar installation (including permitting) that are not the solar module.  The chart compares the soft costs in the U.S. to Germany (thanks to LBNL’s analysis), … Read More

Minnesota’s Proposed Solar Standard in Comparison

Date: 25 Apr 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Some Minnesota legislators are getting a little weak-kneed listening to utility lobbyists make hugely ironic claims about the cost of the proposed solar standard and thinking about how much solar this is. Time for some context. The originally proposed 10% solar energy standard might have been ambitious by national standards, but the current 4% by 2025 … Read More

New Peak Power Capacity Should Use Solar, Not Gas

Date: 17 Apr 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s parochial, since I’m a Minnesota resident, but I just can’t stand that our state’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, is planning to use ratepayer money to buy three new natural gas fired peaking plants instead of a) installing solar power or b) supporting the proposed solar energy standard.  Share the graphic below if you agree: FYI, … Read More

“The Monopoly Magnate”

Date: 6 Mar 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR is following HB 282, restrictive legislation moving through the Georgia General Assembly. The bill would effectively end the ability for existing networks to expand. Communities considering investing in their own telecommunications networks would face almost insurmountable financial and practical hurdles. As the bill is heavily lobbied by incumbent telecom giants, local leaders make the trek … Read More

ILSR Releases New Community Networks Map

Date: 26 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has released a new interactive map showcasing 342 community owned networks throughout the United States that serve local businesses and residents. The Community Internet Map is available at MuniNetworks.org/communitymap/Read More

The Most Amazing, Interactive U.S. Solar Grid Parity Map

Date: 14 Jan 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Within a decade, 300,000 megawatts of unsubsidized local solar power could compete with utility electricity prices in almost every state, enough clean energy to produce 10% of U.S. electricity.  Grid parity is building like a relentless wave, but how much solar is at parity today?  In 2016?  In 2020?  On homes or businesses?  With incentives or … Read More

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