California’s AB 2145 Undermines Clean Energy, Local Economies, and Majority Rule

Date: 13 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A powerful law in six states gives communities the power to choose their energy suppliers and direct their energy dollars toward local energy production. Two of the most prominent examples of this policy in action are in California, Marin Clean … Read More

Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice – Episode 23A of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 5 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this 2014 episode of Local Energy Rules, ILSR Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell talks with Lane Sharman, co-founder and chair of the San Diego Energy District Foundation about the energy and economic potential of a city-run community choice energy program.… Read More

Local. 33% Renewable. And Lower Prices. Sonoma Clean Power “CCA” Launches.

Date: 8 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Starting last week, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers will get more renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. More of their $180 million in energy expenses will stay in the local … Read More

The Power of the Collective Energy Purchasing – Episode 20 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 17 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“We can’t do it as an individual, But four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power – that’s really powerful.” Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy … Read More

Greening or Greenwashing? Illinois Cities’ Use of RECs Shows Challenges with Local Aggregation

Date: 7 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (and others) touts how city energy aggregation is “unleashing” renewable energy in Illinois. Buying electricity on behalf of their residential and small business customers, nearly 100 Midwestern cities have purchased renewable energy … Read More

The Leading Community Energy Aggregator – Episode 19 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 3 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Learn more about the struggle against the incumbent utility giant for local clean energy in this 2014 interview with Marin Clean Energy Executive Director Dawn Wiesz about community choice aggregation in California and her community’s pioneering program.… Read More

Three Unequal Options for Local Energy Control

Date: 28 Feb 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If we ignore self-generation, three policies are at the center of increasing local control of energy: deregulation (“customer choice”), municipal aggregation (“city choice”), and municipal utilities (“city ownership”).  Two recent articles highlight the relative value of these policies quite clearly. … Read More

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation

Date: 17 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation from John Farrell   A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell to the National Strategy Meeting of the Local Energy Aggregation Network (February 2012) on the potential for community choice aggregation policy … Read More

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