New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q1

Date: 26 Jun 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New solar capacity hit a record high in the first quarter of 2020. Will the coronavirus pandemic slow renewable energy installation for the rest of the year? Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Why it’s Short-Sighted to do Centralized Planning in a Decentralizing Electricity Grid

Date: 11 May 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With financial rewards tied to building big, utilities overlook distributed energy resources like rooftop solar. This essay, written to advise utility regulators in Michigan, has implications for utility resource planning nationwide.… Read More

The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2019 Update

Date: 16 Apr 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

More states are prioritizing solar, but how much of it is coming from smaller, distributed sources? In this 2019 update, we evaluate the status of state solar markets and whether they are helping communities build local wealth through distributed energy.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: Annual Update — 2019

Date: 1 Apr 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Added wind and small-solar generation reached new heights in 2019. Could 2020 be the year that distributed solar overtakes utility-scale solar? Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Does Energy Democracy Have Meaning in a Pandemic?

Date: 16 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I’m writing this piece from my living room couch, my kids out of school and doing a “home school” schedule while my wife and I try to work. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts about how decentralized and democratized energy systems might help us weather things like the current COVID-19 pandemic.… Read More

How Can Your State Get an “A” Community Power Score?

Date: 20 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What policies make a state a champion of local, renewable energy? This post walks through models of the best policies in each of the eight areas covered in the Community Power Scorecard.… Read More

Why ILSR’s Community Power Scorecard Matters

Date: 13 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With over 100 U.S. cities pledging to reach 100 percent renewable energy, ILSR’s Community Power Scorecard matters more than ever, grading states whether their energy policies help or hurt cities make their ambitious clean energy goals.… Read More

Which Regions and States are Spearheading Local Clean Energy Policy in 2020?

Date: 7 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Using the results of the 2020 Community Power Scorecard, these infographics illustrate how states compare to others in their geographic region and which regions are doing the most to support local, clean energy.… Read More

The 2020 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 5 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2020 Community Power Scorecard, two states excelled, seven states and the District of Columbia saw above average scores, 11 were average, 17 were mediocre, and 13 states received failing grades at enabling individuals and communities to take charge of their energy futures.… Read More

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