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The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

Maria McCoy

February 24, 2022

Communities can do a lot to advance energy democracy, but some of their options depend on state policy. This annual scorecard from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative grades states on whether their policies help or hinder local clean energy action.  READ MORE


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Public Power Pt. 4: Game Over? — Episode 167 of Local Energy Rules

Public Power Pt. 4: Game Over? — Episode 167 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

September 28, 2022

John Farrell describes three municipalization attempts: Boulder, Minneapolis, and Decorah. Each city failed to form its own utility, but found silver linings in trying. This is part four of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.  READ MORE


Public Power Pt. 3: Ingredients For Success — Episode 166 of Local Energy Rules

Public Power Pt. 3: Ingredients For Success — Episode 166 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

September 14, 2022

John Coyle describes how to form a publicly-owned utility and lists the four ingredients for baking up a public takeover. This is part three in a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.  READ MORE


Are Utilities Blocking Rooftop Solar From the Power Grid?

Are Utilities Blocking Rooftop Solar From the Power Grid?

Katie Kienbaum

September 9, 2022

Delays connecting local solar to the electric grid slow the growth of clean energy. We need more data to figure out if utilities are blocking solar on purpose to protect their monopoly power.  READ MORE


National Community Solar Programs Tracker

National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Maria McCoy

September 7, 2022

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2022 Q2) shows the capacity built in six states: Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.  READ MORE


How the Inflation Reduction Act Makes it Easier to Go Solar — and Where it Falls Short

How the Inflation Reduction Act Makes it Easier to Go Solar — and Where it Falls Short

Katie Kienbaum

September 5, 2022

As the government implements the Inflation Reduction Act, funding equitable local solar projects will help maximize the law’s benefits for households and put power back in the hands of people, instead of monopoly energy utilities.  READ MORE