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Ithaca Races Against the Clock to Decarbonize All Buildings by 2030 — Episode 144 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 24 Nov 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Luis Aguirre-Torres discuss Ithaca’s Green New Deal, financing the city’s decarbonization effort, and getting the work done as time runs out.… Read More

New Mexico Co-op Dumps Monopoly Supplier to Offer More Solar — Episode 143 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 17 Nov 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Luis Reyes discuss how Kit Carson’s exit from Tri-State Generation and Transmission allowed the co-op to target 100 percent daytime solar power — without sacrificing affordability.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Des Moines Commits to Clean Electricity Around the Clock — Episode 142 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 3 Nov 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this Voices of 100% episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell and guests Kari Carney and Josh Mandelbaum discuss Des Moines’s round-the-clock clean electricity resolution and how it differs from traditional clean energy commitments.… Read More

Drone Data Helps a Minnesota City Conserve Energy — Episode 141 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 20 Oct 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Shannon Mortenson discuss Warren’s first-of-its-kind thermal imaging project, lessons learned from the pilot, and how cities can help residents conserve energy.… Read More

Massachusetts’s Community Solar Program

Date: 13 Oct 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Massachusetts enabled virtual net metering in 2008’s Green Communities Act and the state has incentivized community solar development through several programs. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional Massachusetts community solar resources.… Read More

Rep. Seth Berry on the Movement for Publicly-Owned Power in Maine — Episode 140 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 6 Oct 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, a rebroadcast from the Building Local Power Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Seth Berry discuss Our Power Maine: an initiative to replace Maine’s investor-owned utilities with a consumer-owned utility.… Read More

Utility Conflict of Interest is at the Heart of Minnesota’s Solar Interconnection Frustration

Date: 4 Oct 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these reply comments to the Minnesota PUC, ILSR points out that as long as the utility’s interest is to profit off of new generation assets, it cannot successfully manage grid access for third parties.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2021 Q2

Date: 29 Sep 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Fossil gas contributed only five percent of new power plant capacity in the second quarter of 2021. Gas has pitched in less than 10 percent in four of the last eight quarters. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Colorado Law Creates Transparency at Rural Electric Co-ops — Episode 139 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 22 Sep 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Joe Smyth discuss barriers to democratic participation in rural electric cooperative decision-making and how to promote transparency at all electric co-ops. … Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Date: 13 Sep 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2021 Q2) shows the capacity built in states with most active programs: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

Queremos Sol: Seeking Solar Power for All Puerto Rican Homes — Episode 138 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 9 Sep 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Ingrid Vila discuss why rooftop solar should power every home in Puerto Rico, reducing residential electricity rates and covering basic needs during future crises.… Read More

Report: Implementation of the 30 Million Solar Homes Policy Platform

Date: 26 Aug 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The success of the 30 Million Solar Homes proposal relies not only on the initial passing of legislation through Congress, but also the subsequent implementation of new programs and regulations. This guide aims to address that step in the process: what implementation should look like, who is responsible for critical decisions, and how those decisions are made. … Read More

Voices of 100%: A Renewable City Coalition Grows in Western Montana — Episode 137 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 25 Aug 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this Voices of 100% episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell and guests Patrick Judge and Mark Juedeman discuss Helena’s commitment to 100% renewable energy. Helena has joined Missoula and Bozeman, building a commanding coalition in western Montana.… Read More

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