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

Why Utilities in Minnesota and Other States Need to Plan for More Competition

Date: 22 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report explores the undercounting of customer-sited and non-utility solar in utility distributed resource forecasting. It finds that Xcel Energy’s forecasts for distributed solar in Minnesota are strikingly low.… 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

Utility Regulators Oversee Planning for a Robust, Inclusive Grid in Minnesota

Date: 27 Apr 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments, John Farrell outlines how Xcel Energy should improve its 2019 Integrated Distribution Plan to best serve the needs of Minnesota customers: increased access to distributed energy generation and a fair analysis of the benefits these systems provide to the grid.… 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

Webinar: Equitable Community Solar

Date: 17 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted a webinar exploring a February 2020 report on Equitable Community Solar. Watch the recorded webinar, in which co-authors Jonathan Welle and Timothy DenHerder Thomas walk through the report.… Read More

Report: Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity

Date: 27 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This white paper, put together by a team of community solar specialists, offers guidance for those working to establish equitable community solar programs. It details 30 policy/program guidelines for municipal utility administrators, policymakers, and advocates of accessible solar for all.… 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

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