Being Black Still a Barrier to Rural Cooperative Board Membership

Date: 23 May 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exempt from state regulation in 33 states because they purportedly offer democratic and local control, new data on the nation’s rural electric cooperatives suggests that skin color is still a major barrier to their democratic representation.… Read More

Sharply Higher Rooftop Solar Potential Increases Opportunity for Energy Self-Reliance

Date: 11 Apr 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a new estimate of rooftop solar potential, an update to 2008 figures we used in our landmark state-by-state energy atlas, Energy Self-Reliant States. The bottom line: there’s much more potential to … Read More

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update (2015 Q4)

Date: 14 Mar 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It was the biggest quarter ever for solar, which supplied one-third of over 7.3 gigawatts of new power plant capacity added to the grid. Distributed solar kept pace, with 832 megawatts (AC) added in the last three months of 2015! … Read More

Are Rural Electric Cooperatives Driving or Just Dabbling in Community Solar?

Date: 11 Mar 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Electric cooperatives, member-owned organizations that sell electricity to those within their service area, are perhaps the nation’s largest group of utilities that could champion clean, local power. They tend to cover enormous swaths of the most rural territory, often with … Read More

Just How Democratic are Rural Electric Cooperatives?

Date: 13 Jan 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Randy Wilson knew you had to start somewhere. Knocking on doors and hanging around retail store parking lots, he and volunteers from the citizen group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth collected signatures. After weeks of holding out clipboards, they collected the … Read More

Congress Gets Renewable Tax Credit Extension Right

Date: 5 Jan 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In case you missed it over the holiday, Congress passed a new federal budget, notably extending tax credits for solar, wind, and other renewable energy technologies. The extension differs from previous ones in two ways: it extends the credits for … Read More

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update

Date: 14 Dec 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Renewable energy continues to dominate new power plant capacity and distributed generation has contributed an increasingly large share. We’ve been tracking this phenomenon since April of 2014, and, finally, the Energy Information Administration has recognized the prevalence of distributed solar … Read More

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