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How Market Power Gives Electric Utilities Political Power

How Market Power Gives Electric Utilities Political Power

John Farrell

November 11, 2019

In the pathway to 100% renewable energy lie electric utilities. Despite some changes to market structure in past decades, most utilities still have enormous market, and political power. How do they wield it, and how does it impact the shift toward cleaner energy?  READ MORE


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Oregon Nears Launch of a Solid Community Solar Program

Oregon Nears Launch of a Solid Community Solar Program

John Farrell

December 13, 2019

Adopted by the legislature in 2016, it’s been a long wait for Oregon’s community solar program to launch. Technically, it hasn’t yet, but the program rules are final enough to show that this program scores well on the four principles for c  READ MORE


Island Utility Aims for Two-Thirds Renewable Energy by 2020 — Episode 92 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Island Utility Aims for Two-Thirds Renewable Energy by 2020 — Episode 92 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Maria McCoy

December 4, 2019

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with David Bissell, CEO of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The two talk about the utility’s renewable energy achievement, the challenges of operating a utility on an island, a  READ MORE


Turkey Talk: Energy Policy and Thanksgiving — Episode 91 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Turkey Talk: Energy Policy and Thanksgiving — Episode 91 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Maria McCoy

November 28, 2019

In this special episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell speaks with ILSR Co-founder David Morris and ILSR Research Associate Maria McCoy. The two tell local energy stories sharing a Thanksgiving theme: the failure of a turkey litter-fueled power  READ MORE


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