Colorado Law Creates Transparency at Rural Electric Co-ops — Episode 139 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 22 Sep 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Joe Smyth discuss barriers to democratic participation in rural electric cooperative decision-making and how to promote transparency at all electric co-ops. … Read More

Queremos Sol: Seeking Solar Power for All Puerto Rican Homes — Episode 138 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 9 Sep 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Ingrid Vila discuss why rooftop solar should power every home in Puerto Rico, reducing residential electricity rates and covering basic needs during future crises.… Read More

The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2020 Update

Date: 16 Mar 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How much of the U.S. solar fleet is made up of smaller, distributed sources that help communities build wealth locally? This 2020 update examines the size of state solar markets and their corresponding shares of distributed and community solar systems.… Read More

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

Report: Could Existing Water Pipes Replace Dirty Energy Utilities?

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

This report explores water main geothermal: a novel, affordable way to decarbonize home heating and air conditioning using existing city water mains.… 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

Spreading Like Wildfire: An Interest in Making Electric Power Public

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

Despite the time and money required for a public takeover, many cities are taking steps toward municipalizing their electric utility. This post compiles some stories behind these battles in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Boulder, and more.… 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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