Report: Re-Member-ing the Electric Cooperative

Date: 29 Mar 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Electric cooperatives have been the backbone of the nation’s rural electrical system for more than 80 years. Their mission and business model now face more challenges than ever, from financial to contractual to basic member control. But the opportunity is equally great, with a chance for member-driven investment to power hundreds of local economies across the rural United States.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – March 14, 2016

Date: 15 Mar 2016 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy: The ballot fight in Florida is heating up between utility and solar-backed initiatives. Western Wisconsin hosts a community solar garden summit, featuring John Farrell. 5 things you should know about community solar programs. Featured Stories: 5 things you should know about community solar programs by Natacha Kiler, UtilityDive Climate change should … Read More

Are Rural Electric Cooperatives Driving or Just Dabbling in Community Solar?

Date: 11 Mar 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Electric cooperatives, member-owned organizations that sell electricity to those within their service area, are perhaps the nation’s largest group of utilities that could champion clean, local power. They tend to cover enormous swaths of the most rural territory, often with excellent wind and solar resources. In one manner of renewable energy, cooperatives are leading the fray: … Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Support Community Power

Date: 26 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Building local equity is the key to campaigns for 100% renewable energy, giving everyone a chance to own a piece of their energy future.

What does control of our electric grid look like? Check out these images to help illustrate the importance of clean, local energy.… Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of September 14, 2015

Date: 15 Sep 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: Ohio groundswell gathers around reinstatement of renewable energy mandates. Utah group condemns utility’s false claims to promoting renewable energy Vox’s David Roberts, in a 2-part series, seeks to break down the dominance of 20th century style electric utilities. Featured Stories: The Federal Solar Tax Credit extension: can we win if we … Read More

Solar for All: An Article of Faith – Episode 26 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 16 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minnesota’s community solar garden program may be the envy of the nation — once the utility’s stall tactics have been stopped — but it needs a little help to fulfill the vision of bringing solar to all. That’s where Julia Nerbonne, executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, comes in. In June 2015, John Farrell … Read More

Maryland’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 May 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May of 2015, Maryland passed HB 1087/SB 450 into law, which established a 3-year pilot program for community solar energy systems under the supervision of the Public Utilities Commission. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional Maryland community solar resources.… Read More

Why (Else) is Xcel Energy Trying to Axe Minnesota’s Community Solar program?

Date: 29 Apr 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a filing Tuesday (April 28), Minnesota’s largest electric utility announced unilateral action within the next 30 days to reduce development under the state’s community solar gardens program by 80%, from nearly 560 MW to 80. It’s the latest in a series of attempts to slow the program, including efforts to cap the program and impose … Read More

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