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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2016

Report: Mighty Microgrids

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-mighty-microgrids/

Communities all over the country are finding ways to break the macro barriers to microgrids. As we flip from a top-down to bottom-up grid management structure, major policy barriers must be lifted in order to expand energy democracy to customers and producers. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT   Executive Summary The electric grid is no longer… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2015

Report: Hawai’i at the Energy Crossroads

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-renewable-hawaii/

UNDER THE SPECTER OF A MAINLAND UTILITY TAKEOVER, ISLANDERS MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN A LEGACY OF LARGE CENTRALIZED POWER OR A BURGEONING NETWORK OF DISTRIBUTED ENERGY Matt Grimley and John Farrell October 2015 DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT Executive Summary On the one hand: Sky-high electricity prices. A 20th century electricity system burning fuel oil and controlled… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 27, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-27-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Activists rally against Massachusetts Net Metering caps New York’s energy vision inspires others Minnesota city puts solar on the map Featured Stories Questions to ponder as the future electric grid takes shape by Quentin Karpilow, Green Biz You can read ILSR’s submission here!   Regulations putting a limit on solar… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 20, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-20-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: New York is leading the renewable energy revolution #SolarforAll strategy takes hold Mississippi’s perfect storm for renewables Featured Stories Opening The Door To Solar Power For All by Mark Ruffalo, The Huffington Post Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It’s Also Worth Less by John Farrell, GreenTech Solar Five Things… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 13, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-13-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: California leaders back solar projects How caps are holding solar growth hostage Why health benefits should be part of value of solar calculation Featured Stories 100% Renewable Energy: How to Get There (Video) The White House Wants To Increase Your Access To Solar Power by Justin Worland, Time The plan will help finance… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 3, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-3-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Solar Energy Amendment moves forward in Florida New grid fees threaten Minnesota renewable energy producers. New York is poised to become the cleanest state in the US. Featured Stories The U.S. solar industry is shifting toward consumers by  Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune The opening of the urban commons by Greg Kats, GreenBiz… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of June 19, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-june-19-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Hawaii’s solar ranking drops Florida solar initiative faces pushback Battles over fixed charges proliferate across Midwest in wake of Wisconsin cases Featured Stories The U.S. solar industry is shifting toward consumers by  Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune The opening of the urban commons by Greg Kats, GreenBiz The opening of the urban commons… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 15, 2015

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 “Next Steps”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/beyond-utility-2-0-part-4-next-steps/

Principles, Structure, and Policies of Energy Democracy Energy democracy can best be described as an electricity system that empowers the individuals and communities that have the energy resources of the 21st century (e.g. wind and solar) to economically benefit from their use. It shares the principles of utility 2.0 – an efficient, low- carbon, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2015

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 3 “The Future”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/beyond-utility-2-0-part-3-the-future/

Unfortunately for utilities, new technology and commercial opportunities in the coming years will only increase the threat to the 1.0 business model. Solar energy is growing exponentially as costs have fallen 28% per year from 2009-2013, and electricity from rooftops is approaching or passing parity with utility prices.63 This is the third of four parts of… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2015

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 2 “The Present”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/beyond-utility-2-0-part-2-the-present/

Aggressive state policy and cost reductions for clean energy have created two business model crises for electric utilities: stagnant sales and exponentially rising production from distributed renewable sources. This is the second of four parts of our Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy report being published in serial.  To see the first post, click here. Download the entire… Continue reading