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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2018

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesotas-community-solar-program/

Updated monthly around the 15th Updates Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 271 megawatts of operational capacity in February 2018. The chart above shows the progress of projects through the program since August 2015, and the nearly two-year lag between the program launch in December 2014 and the successful ignition of multiple megawatts of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2018

SCANA-Dominion Energy Utility Merger a Risky Deal for S.C. Ratepayers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/scana-dominion-energy-utility-merger-a-risky-deal-for-s-c-ratepayers/

Costing over $9 billion, the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant was a bruising failure. South Carolina electric customers need a fresh start. To get that, they ought to avoid a shotgun marriage between SCANA and shareholder-owned Dominion Energy. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2018

Colorado State Senator Steve Fenberg on Local Power Versus Corporate Power (Episode 39)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fenberg-local-power-blp-episode-39/

When a local activist saw that his community wanted a better, more renewable future he took action — now he’s doing the same work in the Colorado State Senate. This week’s episode of the Building Local Power podcast features a great conversation between the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell and… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2018

Community Solar and Value of Solar Under Review in Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-solar-and-value-of-solar-under-review-in-minnesota/

Minnesota’s leading community solar program is about to go through its first major change, from using net metering retail compensation (plus a credit payment) to using Minnesota’s value of solar payment. Unlike other states that have torpedoed net metering, Minnesota’s alternative compensation actually takes into account the value of solar energy to the utility, the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2018

Environmental Justice & Local Activism, A Conversation with NAACP Leader Jacqui Patterson (Episode 38)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/naacp-activism-blp-episode-38/

“[I]t’s not as if I can sit here and say that we know the entire nation and every municipality, what they have and don’t have. But we know starting with the ones we’re working with that actually have a vision of what they want to do and we kind of build out from there,” says Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2018

Video: How Communities Use Clean Energy to Build Local Power – Alternative Energy Resources Expo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-how-communities-use-clean-energy-to-build-local-power-alternative-energy-resources-expo/

In October 2017, John Farrell gave a keynote address to the annual meeting and expo of AERO, a Montana organization with a similar mission of empowering communities to promote a sustainable economy. He addressed the widespread opportunity for clean energy in Montana, the shared desire of communities to capture that growing economic opportunity, and three… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2018

Video: Minnesota SEIA — Gateway to Solar Presentation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-minnesota-seia-gateway-to-solar-presentation/

In September of 2017, ILSR Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell spoke in front of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association‘s Midwest Gateway to Solar event. In his talk he spoke about the importance of sound renewable energy policies that enable growth in locally-owned solar energy and how massive electric utilities are doing their best to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions for Utility Regulators

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-years-resolutions-for-utility-regulators/

Shocking investigative reports published this month highlight our longstanding concerns about deficient oversight of growing utility monopolies. Utilities consistently game the system to win massive benefits for shareholders and executives at the expense of electric customers and their communities. Charleston, SC, is on the hook for $1.2 million in payments for a now-defunct nuclear power… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2017

Paying Utilities for Performance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/paying-utilities-for-performance/

In most states with regulated, monopoly utilities, utilities are compensation based on two factors: energy sales and a return on capital spent, such as when they build a new power plant. Although energy efficiency standards have been layered on top of this model, the fundamental incentive for the utility remains “build things, get rewards for… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2017

Dear Santa… ILSR’s Annual Energy Policy Wish List!

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Dear Santa, We’ve been very good this year and, if it isn’t too much trouble, we’d like a few things in 2018, let us know! Bad Federal Policies The most accurate characterization for federal clean energy initiatives in 2017 is “filling the swamp.” Proposals include reducing federal incentives for wind power and providing subsidies for… Continue reading