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Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of August 22, 2016

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/energy-democracy-media-roundup-week-of-august-22-2016/
Energy Democracy Media Roundup

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A study released last week rules that it is cheaper to retrain coal workers to install solar arrays, Arizona adopts a new method for crediting rooftop solar, and Xcel Energy in Colorado (due to a settlement with solar advocates) is eschewing solar grid-use fees.

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Members reviving Atlanta electric co-op after CEO takes millions – Episode 31 of Local Energy Rules podcast by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

New study: It would be cheap to retrain coal workers for solar jobs by David Roberts, Vox

Even a little solar in an area can compensate, employment wise, for a lot of lost coal. Solar is now making strides in North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, so there is hope for Appalachia yet (though West Virginia ranks 43rd in installed PV capacity).

Arizona’s utility regulator adopts new method of crediting rooftop solar by Julian Spector, GreenTech Media

A landmark settlement in Colorado over solar grid fees: ‘This could be a model’ by Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media

Colorado stakeholders have filed a major settlement agreement that avoids the introduction of a new grid-use fee, which solar advocates feared would stall rooftop solar development in the state.

Energy Democracy News in the States

Arizona

Breaking: Arizona regulators preserve net metering in UNS case by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine

What happens in a rural Arizona rate case will impact entire state by Barry Goldwater Jr. and Tom Sheahan, Scottsdale Independent

Arizona’s utility regulator adopts new method of crediting rooftop solar by Julian Spector, GreenTech Media

 

California

The SoCal beach town could be driving a renewables revolution by Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News

The city has pledged to switch to 100 percent renewable power by 2035, a goal approved by the City Council as part of a climate action plan (CAP). Del Mar is the second regionally to adopt a CAP with that ambitious renewables goal. San Diego did it late last year (ClimateWire, April 8).

California awards $1.5M to plan advanced microgrid in Santa Monica by Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Colorado

Work program trains unemployed oil and gas workers in solar technology by Danika Worthington, Denver Post

A landmark settlement in Colorado over solar grid fees: ‘This could be a model’ by Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media

Colorado stakeholders have filed a major settlement agreement that avoids the introduction of a new grid-use fee, which solar advocates feared would stall rooftop solar development in the state.

Xcel Energy to test new rate structure in Colorado, expand solar under major settlement by Tracy Rozens, Daily Energy Insider

The proposed settlement agreement between Xcel and 22 parties was filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) this week, calling for the testing of new rate designs for residential customers but with no new grid use fees for solar customers.

 

Connecticut

Former Norwich dairy farm turns into solar energy site by Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register

 

Florida

Amendment 4: Vote Yes on this beneficial solar proposal on Aug. 30 by Miami Herald Editorial Board

Cost and who profits almost always play central roles. But unlike the controversial solar consumer-rights amendment on November’s ballot, in the primary on Aug. 30, Florida’s voters can approve an almost universally supported constitutional amendment that will reduce the cost of installing solar panels — more incentivizing, less punitive.

The biggest barrier to solar panels is the upfront cost.

 

Hawaii

Hawaii governor pushes to expand solar power to renters by Kathryn Mykleseth, GovTech

Community solar “will democratize renewable energy by allowing those who do not have access to rooftop real estate to be able to participate in the benefits of the clean-energy transformation,” Ige said.

Ige said Hawaii’s energy community needs to come together to accomplish the state’s renewable-energy goals now that regulators rejected the sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc.

 

International

Puerto Rico approves new solar interconnection rules by Lucas Morais, SeeNews Renewables

 

Iowa

Solar power comes to Mason City library by John Skipper, Mason City Globe Gazette

 

Maine

Maine solar policies undergo mandated review by MaineBiz

Don’t have solar panels on your roof? You’re still benefiting from solar by Phil Coupe, Bangor Daily News

So close, so far: Can Maine put its near-agreement on solar net metering back together again? by Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive

 

Michigan

Holland’s on-bill loan program for energy fixes to launch this fall by Amy Biolchini, Holland Sentinel

 

Minnesota

Q&A: How solar could change the face of low-income energy assistance by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

 

Nevada

Nevada Supreme Court nixes net-metering ballot proposal by Glenn Myers, PlanetSave

Nevada rooftop solar advocates working to win over lawmakers by Michelle Rindels, Las Vegas Review Journal

 

New Jersey

New Jersey to offer funds for community microgrids by Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge

 

New York

A low-income St. Paul neighborhood has an ambitious energy plan by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

Energy Democracy Alliance urges PSC to reveal shared energy plans by Jamie Wilkins, Patch.com

 

Oregon

Oregon’s energy department joins critics ripping PUC report that would shrink solar incentives by Pete Danko, Portland Business Journal

 

South Carolina

Q&A: A Republican lawmaker seeks solar momentum for South Carolina by Gillian Neimark, Southeast Energy News

 

Virginia

‘Dude’ software helps drive efficiency gains for Virginia city by Jim Pierobon, Southeast Energy News

 

Wisconsin

Private Wisconsin rural co-op expands with solar by Diana Madson, Yale Climate Connections

Racine Solar group purchase set, 18 homes participating by Michael Burke, Racine Journal Times

Nationwide Energy Democracy News

New study: It would be cheap to retrain coal workers for solar jobs by David Roberts, Vox

Even a little solar in an area can compensate, employment wise, for a lot of lost coal. Solar is now making strides in North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, so there is hope for Appalachia yet (though West Virginia ranks 43rd in installed PV capacity).

Relax, your electric car isn’t going to run out of juice by David Roberts, Vox

In corporate march to clean energy, utilities not required by Jan Ellen Spiegel, Inside Climate News

Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables by Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News

The report lists the top 11 states that are “above average” when it comes to clean energy resources available as well as having large industrial energy loads, which includes Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. The report makes six policy recommendations that would make it easier for large energy users in those states to access renewable energy, a growing trend among corporations globally.

How an obscure piece of technology will help put more solar on the grid by David J. Unger, Midwest Energy News

Solar manufacturers pivot away from big U.S. utility plants by Chris Martin & Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg News

It’s the dawn of the community solar farm by Chris Martin, Bloomberg

As states debate solar, contentious rate cases give way to broader valuation proceedings by Herman K. Trabish, UtilityDive

Bigger, better, cheaper: Wind power is flourishing in the US by David Roberts, Vox