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In New Op-Ed, ILSR’s John Farrell Notes Major Shifts in Technology and Decision-making Power Are Transforming Energy Sector

Date: 19 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an October 2018 op-ed featured in PV Magazine, John Farrell, ILSR Co-Director and Director of the Energy Democracy Initiative, argues how important shifts in both technology and decision-making are transforming the energy sector.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of October 15, 2018

Date: 17 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Several states pushed ahead with ambitious renewable energy goals. In Arizona, regulators are planning to adopt an 80% clean energy plan while Minnesota adds an incentive to attract residential customers to community solar. Since 2008, at least 35 programs have been started nationwide to improve solar power access to low income communities. Plus, Massachusetts is ranked the most energy efficient state.… Read More

Video: Advancing Energy Democracy with Community Renewable Energy

Date: 11 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This 30-minute video is a companion guide to the NAACP’s Just Energy Toolkit. It begins with an interview on the site of a community solar project in north Minneapolis, a project that in many ways epitomizes energy democracy.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Atlanta Works Toward Clean Energy for All — Episode 62 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 10 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Across the U.S., over 80 cities have made commitments to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. As the largest such city in the Southeast, the city of Atlanta has been a regional leader in evaluating how to succeed. In our fourth episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, Atlanta’s Energy Programs Manager Megan O’Neil speaks with John Farrell about the city’s relationship with its incumbent utility, what mix of renewable and energy efficiency makes sense, and how robust community engagement has helped ensure all residents will access the benefits of renewables and can help shape their city’s energy future.… Read More

New Jersey Publishes Model Community Solar Program Rules

Date: 3 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Joining 14 other states, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities recently rolled out its draft community solar (or “shared renewables”) program rules. The program captures many of the best aspects of community solar programs, including generous compensation, project sizes, and a focus on access for low-income customers.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of October 1, 2018

Date: 2 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new survey reveals the majority of U.S. voters think utilities should not be able to block residential solar. Microgrids are gaining traction in the midwest, starting with Illinois. In California, Los Angeles leads with the most clean-energy jobs in the nation. Kansas solar customers could see demand charges dwindle their cost savings.  Inside the Department of Energy, a small agency continues its pursuit of long-term energy storage.… Read More

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2018 Q2

Date: 27 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A large amount of new power generation capacity was added during the second quarter of 2018, but not in the form renewable or distributed generation advocates might hope, according to the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative. Our updated chart of new power plant capacity illustrates how growth in renewable energy is overshadowed by an increase in natural gas capacity and how distributed solar in particular stacks up.… Read More

How Your Local Electeds Can Support Clean Energy

Date: 25 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Municipal elections often fall off the radar during national ones, but cities retain a surprising amount of power over their energy future. What can you ask a local candidate or elected official to pursue? The following list of 11 resolutions, actions, and rules can make your local city council or mayor a clean energy champion.… Read More

Voices of 100%: San Diego’s Pathway Forward — Episode 61 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 19 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As a growing number of U.S. cities make commitments to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, how are cities making plans to achieve these goals? In our third episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, San Diego’s Chief Sustainability Officer Cody Hooven joins John Farrell to discuss how the city is making progress toward its ambitious goal to shift to 100 percent renewable energy.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of September 17, 2018

Date: 18 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: Community solar is making solar power more accessible to underserved communities. With the onset of Hurricane Florence, homeowners look to solar and storage instead of generators for backup power. In Arizona, voters will consider a 50% renewable energy ballot initiative come November. States struggle to find a replacement for net metering as rooftop solar expands. South Carolina considers extending net metering through March.… Read More

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Date: 17 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 435 megawatts of operational capacity in September 2018. We note a new finding, that the total queue has actually shrunk in size since January 2017. Two charts show the progress of the program.… Read More

Video: Solutionary Perspectives Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy Webinar

Date: 5 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this summer, ILSR Energy Democracy Research Associate Marie Donahue participated in an online video series entitled Solutionary Perspectives, produced by the Backbone Campaign’s Solutionary Rails project. The recent episode “Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy” released last week focuses on the topic of community solar, highlighting on-the-ground examples from Maryland and key resources from ILSR.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Shifting the Paradigm toward Renewable Power in Pueblo, Colo. — Episode 60 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 29 Aug 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As a growing number of U.S. cities make commitments to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, how are cities making plans to achieve these goals? In our second episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, John Farrell interviews city council member Larry Atencio from Pueblo, Colo., about the ambitious goal the city has made to shift to 100 percent renewable power. … Read More

Why Energy Codes Matter, and What Cities Can Do

Date: 24 Aug 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How efficient are buildings in your community? That depends a lot on the building code, which states (and sometimes cities) can use to set minimum standards for energy efficiency. See a chart comparing building energy codes and what cities can do to save their residents and businesses money on heating and cooling their buildings.… Read More

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