Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community

Date: 4 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We’ve developed this Hierarchy to Reduce Waste & Grow Community in order to highlight the importance of locally based composting solutions as a first priority over large-scale regional solutions. Composting can be small scale and large scale and everything in between but too often home composting, onsite composting, community scale composting, and on-farm composting are overlooked. … Read More

Further Thoughts on the Economics of Losing the Federal Solar Tax Credit

Date: 12 Oct 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amid the discussion over ending the federal solar tax credit in 2015, I published an analysis of the less-than-expected hit to residential solar costs. I made a big mistake. Instead of a 2.5% cost increase, the impact of the expired tax credit would be closer to 13.3%. But a revised and deeper investigation also shows our … Read More

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q2 2016)

Date: 29 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

States nationwide continued to adjust their solar generation policies in ways that curtail the benefits of distributed generation in the second quarter of this year, a trend that softened slightly after a harsh start to 2016. All told, 42 states plus Washington D.C. saw policy action related to net metering, rate design or solar ownership between … Read More

Introducing the Community Power Map

Date: 24 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Where are communities taking charge of their energy future? Which states give communities the most power? ILSR’s newly-released Community Power Map provides an interactive illustration of how communities are accelerating the transition toward 100% renewable energy and how state policies help or hinder greater local action. You can help. If we’re missing a state policy, grassroots energy … Read More

Is New York’s “Compromise” the Future for Net Metering?

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

Across the country, utilities are battling their customers over solar, and typically trying to undermine customers that want to cut their energy bills by installing solar arrays. But not all fights end with one side or the other “winning.” In April 2016, New York utilities—already starting down the road to a new market structure under the … Read More

What if…Your Electric Utility Was a Benefit Corporation?

Date: 21 Jul 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The misunderstandings that from time to time occur between communities and the managers of electric-lighting companies will, to my mind, disappear entirely if the relations between the two are correctly founded on the basis of public control, with corresponding protection to the corporations operating this industry. More than 100 years ago, standing in front of a … Read More

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q1 2016)

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

It all comes down to the money. Discord over compensation for solar customers and utilities alike bled into the first part of the year, extending a long-running debate over the best ways to integrate solar power and — thanks to a few hard-line policy moves — threatening to hold back growth in the solar marketplace. See … Read More

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