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Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Why Minnesota's Community Solar Program is the Best

John Farrell

September 16, 2019

Minnesota's community solar program hit 613 megawatts in September 2019, enough to power more than 100,000 homes each year or about half as much capacity as a typical nuclear power plant!READ MORE


From the Archive: South Miami, a Bright Spot for Solar in the Sunshine State – Episode 85 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

From the Archive: South Miami, a Bright Spot for Solar in the Sunshine State – Episode 85 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Maria McCoy

September 11, 2019

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we revisit our 2018 interview with South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard – who recently used his own solar and storage to go off of the grid for a week. Could distributed solar be the mechanism for a more resilient electric grid?READ MORE


Do Solar Salespeople Oversell Savings?

Do Solar Salespeople Oversell Savings?

Maria McCoy

September 6, 2019

If solar developers overestimate future electricity prices, some of the predicted savings of a solar system never materialize. This article evaluates the evidence for, and consequences of, these overestimations.READ MORE


Voices of 100%: Will Oklahoma Cities Follow Norman’s Lead to Renewable Energy? — Episode 84 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Will Oklahoma Cities Follow Norman’s Lead to Renewable Energy? — Episode 84 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Maria McCoy

August 28, 2019

In this episode of our Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, Mayor Breea Clark explains what drove Norman, Okla., to make the 100% renewable pledge and its plans to tackle the ambitious goal.READ MORE


The Environment, The Economy, and Equity – Episode 83 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The Environment, The Economy, and Equity – Episode 83 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Maria McCoy

August 14, 2019

On this rebroadcast of the Building Local Power podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Denise Fairchild. The two discuss energy democracy within the context of a book she co-edited, titled "Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions."READ MORE


Voices of 100%: Cleveland Commits to Clean and Equitable Energy – Episode 82 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Cleveland Commits to Clean and Equitable Energy – Episode 82 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Maria McCoy

July 31, 2019

For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell talks with Jocelyn Travis, Campaign Manager for the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign in Cleveland. The two met in Milwaukee at the RE-AMP annual meeting to discuss equity in the clean eREAD MORE


Customers Pay When Big Utilities Make Big Errors In Electricity Forecasts

Customers Pay When Big Utilities Make Big Errors In Electricity Forecasts

Alden Aaberg

July 25, 2019

This investigation of electric utility forecasts finds that on average, utilities over-predict electricity demand by 17% over three years. These over-predictions help utilities get permission to build more power plants, which may not be necessary for the actual, deflated electricity demand.READ MORE


Lights Out? Not for This Michigan City – Episode 81 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Lights Out? Not for This Michigan City – Episode 81 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Maria McCoy

July 17, 2019

In this episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell speaks with Maria Thomas, Outreach and Organizing Coordinator for Soulardarity. The two discussed energy democracy, and Soulardarity’s work in Highland Park, live in Milwaukee at the RE-AMP annual meeting.READ MORE


Utilities Bid to Own Rooftop Solar Even As They Oppose It

Utilities Bid to Own Rooftop Solar Even As They Oppose It

John Farrell

July 10, 2019

Four years have passed since ILSR’s initial report on utility-owned rooftop solar and this 2019 update shows small growth but some potentially large repercussions.READ MORE


Voices of 100%: Can Philadelphia and its Suburbs Revolutionize Their Local Energy System? — Episode 80 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Can Philadelphia and its Suburbs Revolutionize Their Local Energy System? — Episode 80 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Marie Donahue

July 3, 2019

More than 100 U.S. cities have now set ambitious commitments to transition to renewable energy, but how are they making these goals a reality? In this episode of our Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, we dig into what has given 16 suburbs of Philadelphia an edge overREAD MORE


Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2019 Q1

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2019 Q1

Marie Donahue

June 24, 2019

Nearly 7 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the first quarter of 2019 — 13 percent of which from small-scale solar installations — in the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative. Renewable resources claimed a majority share of new power generation for the second quarter in a row.READ MORE


Voices of 100%: Small Iowa Town Pushes for Energy Independence — Episode 79 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Small Iowa Town Pushes for Energy Independence — Episode 79 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Alden Aaberg

June 20, 2019

More than 100 U.S. cities have now set ambitious commitments to transition to renewable energy, but how are they working to make these goals a reality? In this episode of our Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, we feature the small town of Bloomfield, Iowa, its goal ofREAD MORE


Could New Mexico’s Proposed Community Solar Program Raise the Bar?

Could New Mexico’s Proposed Community Solar Program Raise the Bar?

John Farrell

June 14, 2019

New Mexico's proposed community solar program only passed its state House this year, but the program could set a new standard for community solar in the United States.READ MORE


Using Disaster to Build a New, (d)emocratic Energy Paradigm — Episode 78 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Using Disaster to Build a New, (d)emocratic Energy Paradigm — Episode 78 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

John Farrell

June 6, 2019

In this May 2019 interview, ILSR’s Director of Energy Democracy John Farrell, and Ingrid Vila - an engineer and director of Cambio, a Puerto Rico based nonprofit - discussed the enormous opportunity, and the pitfalls the island must avoid, to seize the island's chance for energy democracy.READ MORE


With Major Hurricane Vulnerability, Puerto Rico Develops Landmark Microgrid Regulations*

With Major Hurricane Vulnerability, Puerto Rico Develops Landmark Microgrid Regulations*

John Farrell

May 31, 2019

The cost of wind and solar energy keep falling, joined by batteries for energy storage. But while the technology of local grid power has become inexpensive, U.S. development of microgrids has lagged. Trapped by a bankrupt utility, high vulnerability to climate change, and high cost fossil-fueled electricity, Puerto Rico hasREAD MORE