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

Hawaii’s Net Metering Alternative Comes Up (Way) Short

Date: 21 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this week, the Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii approved the proposal of the islands’ largest utility to end net metering for solar customers. It’s the culmination of a years-long battle and a proxy in the national fight between utilities … Read More

Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

Date: 21 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This subject has been updated, please read our newest piece: Distributed Generation (Still) Under Fire, published May 2016. Need evidence that utilities are fighting back against their customer’s desire to generate their own power? This map shows where policies like net … Read More

Ever Greater Share of New Power from Distributed Solar

Date: 11 Sep 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Second quarter data from the Energy Information Administration and the Solar Energy Industries Association came out this week and distributed solar continues its surging growth. Over 650 megawatts (MW) of new distributed solar capacity was grid connected between April and … Read More

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