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The 2019 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 21 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2019 Community Power Scorecard, four states excelled, 11 states and the District of Columbia saw above average scores, 15 were mediocre, and 20 states received failing grades at enabling individuals and communities to take charge of their energy futures.… Read More

Planning for Local Energy and Climate Action in Minneapolis — Episode 70 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 14 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of Local Energy Rules, Energy Democracy Initiative director John Farrell speaks with Minneapolis City Councilmember Jeremy Schroeder about the city’s unique partnership with its incumbent utility companies and other tools the city can use to address climate change locally.… Read More

Electric Utilities Must Stop Illegally Concealing Public Cost Data

Date: 4 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Utilities in many states have undercut competition by playing “hide the peanut.” Instead of sharing their avoided cost publicly, as required by Congress and state laws, utilities have hidden them behind a “trade secret” designation.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of February 4, 2019

Date: 4 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

States are stepping up to the plate to combat climate change. Despite a focus on federal level change, most policy progress has actually happened at the state level. This week, Massachusetts joined their ranks in a big way by introducing legislation requiring 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Plus, New Mexico joins 18 other states in a national renewable energy coalition.… Read More

Small Minnesota Community Faces David v. Goliath Negotiation for Community Solar — Episode 69 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 1 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What does it take to build a community solar project (with battery storage) in a small town in northern Minnesota when the monopoly wholesale energy company tells your small city-owned utility to “lawyer up”? In this podcast episode, we talk with Bill Schnell of Grand Rapids, Minn., about that community’s effort negotiate a project deal with the community’s much larger utility supplier.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Midwestern City Pressures Incumbent Utility to Clean Up Its Act — Episode 68 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 24 Jan 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today, over 100 U.S. cities have made formal commitments to 100 percent renewable energy. In our seventh episode of the Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, we highlight how Madison, Wis., is pushing their coal-heavy, investor-owned utility to change its ways. Raj Shukla, chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee, shares lessons for how cities can advance local climate action and renewable power goals by putting pressure on their incumbent utilities.… Read More

Minnesota Utility Tees Up Programs to Support an Electric Vehicle Future

Date: 23 Jan 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a filing late last year, a Minnesota electric utility put forward two new electric vehicle charging pilots as part of a suite of new policy tools to encourage driving electric. ILSR applauds the efforts, and offers a few suggestions.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of January 22, 2019

Date: 22 Jan 2019 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Signs are pointing to a big year for electric vehicles adoption. Coal plants continue to shutter due to costs despite the administration’s insistence on bringing back coal jobs. Plus, Washington, D.C. joins the ranks of cities that have committed to 100% renewable energy. The D.C. clean energy bill is one of the most ambitious signed into law yet, mandating 100% renewable energy by 2032.… Read More

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2018 Q3

Date: 16 Jan 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Roughly 5 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online during the third quarter of 2018, as illustrated in a new quarterly update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative. Our updated chart of new power plant capacity illustrates how growth in natural gas capacity slowed, while new distributed solar and wind saw steady growth.… Read More

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

In a recent webinar, ILSR research associate Marie Donahue shared findings from our report, Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy, highlighting why classifying incineration as a “renewable” form of energy is problematic. Allies from GAIA, a global anti-incineration network, and the national Energy Justice Network also presented.… Read More

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