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Report: 47 States Could Meet 100% of Electricity Needs Using In-State Renewables

Report: 47 States Could Meet 100% of Electricity Needs Using In-State Renewables

Maria McCoy

September 10, 2020

The third edition of this report asks yet again: if each U.S. state took full advantage of its own renewable energy resources, would it be sufficient to satisfy that state’s electricity consumption? The answer for most states is yes, easily.  READ MORE


Sparking Grid Savings Starts at Home

Sparking Grid Savings Starts at Home

Lilli Ambort

September 2, 2020

This 2020 update to a 2016 report finds that while new technology has made electricity demand response simple and cost-effective, and has opened the opportunity for residential savings, utility implementation of demand response programs is lagging.  READ MORE


Why Utilities in Minnesota and Other States Need to Plan for More Competition

Why Utilities in Minnesota and Other States Need to Plan for More Competition

John Farrell

July 22, 2020

This report explores the undercounting of customer-sited and non-utility solar in utility distributed resource forecasting. It finds that Xcel Energy's forecasts for distributed solar in Minnesota are strikingly low.  READ MORE


Funding, Expertise, Utility Cooperation: Three Things Cities Need to Reach 100% Renewable Energy

Funding, Expertise, Utility Cooperation: Three Things Cities Need to Reach 100% Renewable Energy

Maria McCoy

June 10, 2020

This report, written by University of Michigan master’s students in the School for Environment and Sustainability, uses survey results to identify 11 key recommendations city leaders can use to transition to 100% renewable energy.  READ MORE


Report: Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity

Report: Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity

John Farrell

February 27, 2020

This white paper, put together by a team of community solar specialists, offers guidance for those working to establish equitable community solar programs. It details 30 policy/program guidelines for municipal utility administrators, policymakers, and advocates of accessible solar for all.  READ MORE


Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

John Farrell

February 19, 2020

This report examines community choice energy, a policy giving cities and counties the right to purchase energy on behalf of electricity customers. Enabled in 9 states, community choice agencies are revolutionizing the utility model by offering cheaper, cleaner energy that  READ MORE


Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar

Minnesota's Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar

John Farrell

May 6, 2019

Minnesota is the national leader in community solar, with 208 projects around the state, more than a third of all community solar projects in the U.S. The state’s community solar policy is the best, making it easy to develop and s  READ MORE


Report: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy

Report: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy

Marie Donahue

December 12, 2018

Almost half of U.S. states allow energy produced by burning garbage to count toward their renewable energy requirements. In a new report, we unpack why incineration is so problematic and how communities can embrace cleaner alternatives.  READ MORE


Reverse Power Flow: How Solar+Batteries Shift Electric Grid Decision Making from Utilities to Consumers

Reverse Power Flow: How Solar+Batteries Shift Electric Grid Decision Making from Utilities to Consumers

John Farrell

July 17, 2018

For 100 years, most decisions about the U.S. electric grid have been made at the top by electric utilities, public regulators, and grid operators. That era has ended, and our report details how the collective impact of individual consumers installing  READ MORE


Mergers and Monopoly: How Concentration Changes the Electricity Business

Mergers and Monopoly: How Concentration Changes the Electricity Business

John Farrell

October 31, 2017

A wave of consolidation has swept across the U.S. economy over the past decade, reshaping already-powerful corporations into financial and political powerhouses. The trend has taken particular hold among electric utilities, a sector where monopoly reigns virtually unchecked. Consolidated, investor-owned utilities  READ MORE