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Report: New Survey Shows How Electric Utilities and Policymakers Are Holding Back Local Solar

Report: New Survey Shows How Electric Utilities and Policymakers Are Holding Back Local Solar

Katie Kienbaum

December 16, 2021

A new report shows how electric utilities and policymakers are creating unexpected delays and added costs for solar projects and slowing the growth of local solar, based on our first ever survey of solar developers.  READ MORE


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Is a Franchise a Failure? John Farrell Presents to Empower Hour

Is a Franchise a Failure? John Farrell Presents to Empower Hour

Maria McCoy

January 27, 2022

Watch John Farrell's 2021 Empower Hour presentation on franchise agreements, the value of solar, and other strategies to wring clean energy opportunities out of monopoly utility companies.  READ MORE


The Movement to Take Back Control From Monopoly Electric Utilities — Episode 143 of Building Local Power

The Movement to Take Back Control From Monopoly Electric Utilities — Episode 143 of Building Local Power

Jess Del Fiacco

January 27, 2022

In this episode of Building Local Power, we share a recording of ILSR's recent event Democratizing Power: New Citizen Initiatives Challenge Monopoly Electric Utilities. Across the country, powerful utilities are actively blocking decentralized solar energy, degrading the reliability of the  READ MORE


What Is the Value of Solar? — Episode 148 of Local Energy Rules

What Is the Value of Solar? — Episode 148 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

January 19, 2022

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Gabriel Chan discuss how to calculate solar energy’s true value, where to improve Minnesota’s Value of Solar, and why we must ground decisions in data.  READ MORE


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Why Minnesota's Community Solar Program is the Best

John Farrell

January 12, 2022

Minnesota's community solar program reached 826 megawatts in December 2021, enough to power more than 100,000 homes each year or about as much capacity as a typical nuclear power plant!  READ MORE


90% of Last Year’s New Power Plants Were Renewable

90% of Last Year’s New Power Plants Were Renewable

Maria McCoy

January 10, 2022

Take a look at a year's worth of power generation buildout in the United States, illustrated by two simple charts.  READ MORE