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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 solar-plus-storage reverses the flow of power on the electricity grid.  READ MORE


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Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of November 12, 2018

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of November 12, 2018

Hibba Meraay

November 13, 2018

Clean energy advocates are optimistic following the midterm elections. Despite failed ballot initiatives in Arizona and Washington, advocates are hopeful for renewable energy gains at the state level thanks to Democrats gaining seats in many state legislatures.  READ MORE


Solar Co-ops Support Clean Energy Advances in D.C. — Episode 64 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Solar Co-ops Support Clean Energy Advances in D.C. — Episode 64 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

John Farrell

November 13, 2018

How does a growing, national nonprofit organization help homeowners complete the circle between clean energy ownership and policy advocacy? ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative director John Farrell talks with Anya Schoolman of Solar United Neighbors (SUN) in this October 2018 recording a  READ MORE


How Cities Can Fund Their 100% Renewable Ambitions

How Cities Can Fund Their 100% Renewable Ambitions

John Farrell

November 8, 2018

We're inspired by the passage of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative this week, a ballot measure that will now provide $30 million per year for the city's clean energy and climate work. Even better, the funds will target local energy  READ MORE


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