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Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of October 3, 2016

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 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-3-2016/

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A Q&A with Detroit energy/climate activists, the state of energy policies at the ballot in 2016, and praising South Sioux City, NE for their diverse renewable energy portfolio.

Featured Stories:

Not just illegal, targeting solar facilities with fees is also poor policy by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

South Sioux City deserves praise for diverse energy strategy by Sioux City Journal Editorial Board

Sunshine & Ownership: A cooperative solar garden blooms in North Minneapolis – Episode 34, Local Energy Rules Podcast by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Q&A: Climate activism in Detroit: ‘From the bottom up, by force’ by Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News

“Hill Knott: The response has been very good, interestingly. The city of Detroit, a while ago, understood the cost-benefit of pursuing renewable energy and energy efficiency. One thing I often say to people is when you’re dealing with businesses and government, it’s usually: If it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense. They have finally come to the conclusion that it makes sense to invest in clean, renewable energy.”

Power sector politics: 5 state energy races to watch this November by Robert Walton, UtilityDive

While no other race will impact national energy policy like the presidential contest, there are 50 state utility commissions plus the District of Columbia. Of those, 12 states allow citizens to elect public utility commissioners, while most give that appointment power to the governor. A pair of states, South Carolina and Virginia, call for state legislators to elect commissioners.

There are several public utility commission elections coming this November, as well as ballot initiatives focused directly on energy policy. When the election results start coming in, here’s what to watch for.

Energy Democracy Around the States:

Arizona

Demand charges vs. TOU rates: The great Arizona rate design experiment by Herman K. Trabish, UtilityDive

 

California

California accelerates energy storage deployment with new legislation by Danielle Ola, Energy Storage News

California bills to dramatically expand distributed energy storage by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine

 

Florida

Vote “No” on shady, not smart, solar amendment by Sun Sentinel Editorial Board

Florida’s so-called Smart Solar amendment is “smart” only for the utility companies that have poured more than $20 million into this attempt to guarantee that they can keep their monopoly on consumer energy.

The amendment is meant to confuse Floridians, and the state’s Supreme Court never should have let it get on the ballot. We strongly urge voters to say “No” to Amendment 1.

 

Maryland

Following New York’s lead, Maryland targets electric distribution transformation by Robert Walton, UtilityDive

 

Massachusetts

Why the new Massachusetts energy storage report is such a big deal by Julian Spector, GreenTech Media

Mendon selectmen agree to net metering by Corin Cook Daily News Staff, Wicked Local

 

Michigan

Q&A: Climate activism in Detroit: ‘From the bottom up, by force’ by Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News

“Hill Knott: The response has been very good, interestingly. The city of Detroit, a while ago, understood the cost-benefit of pursuing renewable energy and energy efficiency. One thing I often say to people is when you’re dealing with businesses and government, it’s usually: If it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense. They have finally come to the conclusion that it makes sense to invest in clean, renewable energy.”

 

Minnesota

Mendota Heights makes changes to solar system ordinance by Hannah Burlingame, EastSide Review News

Customers will have say in future energy options for Grand Rapids by Britta Arendt, Hibbing Daily Tribune

Far from a drain, solar power a huge asset to society by Eric Engberg, Duluth News Tribune

 

Nebraska

South Sioux City deserves praise for diverse energy strategy by Sioux City Journal Editorial Board

 

Nevada

Nevada regulators restore net metering for existing solar customers by Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media

“This decision is important because of the precedent that the lack of grandfathering set,” said Shayle Kann, senior vice president of GTM Research. “I would think it is now even less likely that another state retroactively makes drastic net metering alterations, knowing how the Nevada story played out.”

Nevada regulators accept solar deal, but need to do more by Dylan Sullivan, NRDC

After solar decision, what’s next for Nevada’s renewable energy by Rachel Christianson, KNPR

 

New Mexico

BLM expected to finalize wind and solar rule by James Fenton, Farmington Daily Times

ABQ’s city council just approved a big solar energy goal – here’s what’s next by Joe Cardillo, Albuquerque Business Journal

 

New York

Is New York ready for solar power? by Kaya Laterman, The New York Times

 

Ohio

Ohio GOP voters support green energy, efficiency programs and customer choice by John Funk, Cleveland.com

 

Wisconsin

Dane County executive Joe Parisi to include $2 million in 2017 budget for solar development by Abigail Becker, The Cap Times

In Madison, a fight over community comments on utility fixed charges by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

 

Nationwide Energy Democracy News:

Industry study: Microgrids to become ‘fundamental building block’ by David J. Unger, Midwest Energy News

It is estimated that there are between 100 and 200 fully functional microgrids in the U.S. today, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a Washington-based nonprofit. These operate largely independent of one another, but there are already signs of interconnected microgrids on the horizon.

Midwestern cities recognized for pursuing solar-friendly policies by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

Microgrid-friendly moves in three states – just this week by Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge

Power sector politics: 5 state energy races to watch this November by Robert Walton, UtilityDive

While no other race will impact national energy policy like the presidential contest, there are 50 state utility commissions plus the District of Columbia. Of those, 12 states allow citizens to elect public utility commissioners, while most give that appointment power to the governor. A pair of states, South Carolina and Virginia, call for state legislators to elect commissioners.

There are several public utility commission elections coming this November, as well as ballot initiatives focused directly on energy policy. When the election results start coming in, here’s what to watch for.

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