The 2021 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 10 Feb 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2021 Community Power Scorecard, 3 states excelled, 8 states and the District of Columbia saw above average scores, 12 were average, 14 were mediocre, and 14 states received failing grades at enabling individuals and communities to take charge of their energy futures.… Read More

Model Ordinances to Support Ground-Mounted Distributed Solar

Date: 6 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This post explores how a community can put together a model solar ordinance. One example is Stearns County, Minn., whose solar ordinance protects pollinator habitat and ensures benefits to the wider community.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q3

Date: 18 Dec 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Renewables are bouncing back after a COVID-19 pandemic punch; in the third quarter of 2020, solar comprised a near-record 60 percent of new power generation capacity. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Updating Minnesota’s Dated Distributed Generation Tariff

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

In this testimony sent to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, John Farrell explains why the state’s 2001 distributed generation tariff has come up short and deserves an update.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q2

Date: 21 Sep 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New renewable energy beat out new fossil generation in the second quarter of 2020, but the hampering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have begun to take hold. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

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

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