Report: Mighty Microgrids

Date: 3 Mar 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Report: Hawai’i at the Energy Crossroads

Date: 6 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On the one hand: Sky-high electricity prices. A 20th century electricity system burning fuel oil and controlled by large monopoly electric utilities. A proposed utility takeover. On the other hand: A new 100% renewable energy standard. Rooftop solar on one of ten homes, saving each customer hundreds of dollars per year. Cost-effective energy storage. A rising interest in locally controlled utilities. Welcome to Hawai’i at the Energy Crossroads.… Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 27, 2015

Date: 30 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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, … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 20, 2015

Date: 23 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 13, 2015

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

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 … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 3, 2015

Date: 3 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of June 19, 2015

Date: 22 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 “Next Steps”

Date: 15 May 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 3 “The Future”

Date: 7 May 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

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