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Report: Will Long-Term Co-op Contracts Give Way to Affordable Clean Energy?

Report: Will Long-Term Co-op Contracts Give Way to Affordable Clean Energy?

Maria McCoy

October 30, 2023

ILSR’s new report, The Rural Electric Rift, examines the struggle of electric distribution cooperatives and their members to restore local control over electricity purchasing and harness the benefits of affordable clean energy.  READ MORE


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Why Utility Execs Hate Distributed Solar

Why Utility Execs Hate Distributed Solar

Maria McCoy

February 21, 2024

In this 30 minute presentation to the Just Solar Coalition, Timothy Den-Herder Thomas and John Farrell explain the benefits of distributed solar, why utility companies try to stifle it, and how this conflict has reared its ugly head in Minnesota.  READ MORE


The Concrete Benefits of Virtual Power Plants — Episode 203 of Local Energy Rules

The Concrete Benefits of Virtual Power Plants — Episode 203 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

February 14, 2024

Chris Rauscher explains the benefits of coordinating distributed energy resources, how residential solar and storage customers have saved their neighbors from blackouts, and why every utility could be offering a virtual power plant program.  READ MORE


10 Years of Minnesota’s Community Solar Program — Episode 202 of Local Energy Rules

10 Years of Minnesota’s Community Solar Program — Episode 202 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

January 31, 2024

Pouya Najmaie discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Minnesota’s community solar program, its many regulatory and legislative changes over the years, and how utility Xcel Energy has found a new way to try to suppress distributed generation.  READ MORE


Self-Determination Can Save the Energy System

Self-Determination Can Save the Energy System

Maria McCoy

January 24, 2024

In this 15 minute presentation for The Solutions Summit 2023, John Farrell makes the case for self-determination over the energy system. Instead of tolerating costly energy monopolies, states and cities can empower communities and harness the benefits of local ownership.  READ MORE


Petitioners Ask Feds to Investigate Utility Abuses of Monopoly Power — Episode 201 of Local Energy Rules

Petitioners Ask Feds to Investigate Utility Abuses of Monopoly Power — Episode 201 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

January 17, 2024

In this episode from the archive, Howard Crystal and Liz Veazey discuss a petition to the Federal Trade Commission and why electric utility practices require federal investigation. ILSR first published this interview in June of 2022.  READ MORE