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Watch: “$364 billion up for grabs” – A Preview of Energy Democracy

Date: 12 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

2014 marked the year that solar energy, energy storage and electric vehicles – hallmarks of a decentralized electricity grid – got big enough to threaten the electric utilities, exposing their 100-year-old business model as out-of-date. In nearly 20 states, utilities … Read More

Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy

Date: 9 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain … Read More

New Report: Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret

Date: 20 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Walmart talks a lot of talk about its renewable energy initiatives, but a new ILSR report finds that all that hype is just slick greenwashing hiding the company’s massive coal consumption. In this first-of-its-kind analysis, ILSR calculated that Walmart is one of the nation’s largest users of coal-fired electricity. Despite pledging nearly a decade ago to shift to 100 percent renewable energy, Walmart today derives only 3 percent of its U.S. electricity from its renewable energy projects — far less than many small businesses and competing chains. Several national environmental leaders — including Michael Brune of Sierra Club, Bill McKibben of 350.org, and Jeremy Hays of Green For All — joined ILSR in releasing the study and calling for change.… Read More

Report: Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Finds

Date: 9 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Walton family — majority owners of Walmart — are impeding America’s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by ILSR finds. At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S. solar industry is employing 143,000 people, the Waltons are funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back renewable energy policies, while a Walton-owned company is pushing for regulations aimed at hindering the growth of rooftop solar power.… Read More

Report: An Alternative Grid Model for Minneapolis

Date: 6 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This short report shares the results of advanced electricity system modeling for the city of Minneapolis, revealing an opportunity to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a comparable cost of power and to dramatically boost renewable energy production at a … Read More

Report: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Date: 24 Sep 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local!

Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands.… Read More

Report: Minnesota’s Value of Solar

Date: 9 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 17 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy. It may fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities and their energy-producing customers. It may also serve as a precedent for setting a transparent, … Read More

Report: Energy Storage – The Next Charge for Distributed Energy

Date: 26 Mar 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Browse the Report Introduction What is Energy Storage? Empowering Local Energy Community Solar and Storage Removing Barriers to Storage Supporting Renewable Energy Summary Footnotes DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Executive Summary Distributed energy storage promises to change the electricity system during the … Read More

Report: Expect Delays – Reviewing Ontario’s “Buy Local” Renewable Energy Program

Date: 20 May 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Launched in 2009, Ontario’s “buy local” Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program promised to deliver hundreds of megawatts of new renewable energy and create 50,000 new jobs by the end of 2012. The program has had some notable achievements, and the province … Read More

Report: Rooftop Revolution Resources

Date: 14 Dec 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By 2022, over 38 million homes and businesses could get solar power from their own rooftop, pay less for electricity, without any subsidies for solar. The first two reports, published in 2012, outline the growth potential for local solar power … Read More

Report: Commercial Rooftop Revolution

Date: 4 Dec 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 15 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Although only 0.1% of electricity is generated by solar power in 2012; within a decade, 300,000 MW of unsubsidized solar power will be at parity with retail electricity prices in most of the United States and more than 35 million buildings may be generating their own solar electricity sufficient to power almost 10% of the country.… Read More

Report: Hawaiian Sunblock – Solar Facing Unexpected Barriers Despite Low Cost

Date: 26 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 10 Facebooktwitterredditmail

First in the U.S., Hawaii residents and businesses can install solar power – without incentives – for less than the cost of grid electricity.  But as local Earthjustice lawyer Isaac Moriwake notes, “the gates of heaven do not open just … Read More

Report: U.S. CLEAN Programs – Where Are We Now? What Have We Learned?

Date: 11 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 7 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance identifies all of the existing CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) programs in the United States (also known as feed-in tariffs) and examines the lessons learned from the early adopters. Download the … Read More

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