A $6 Billion Opportunity for the Rural Energy Economy

Date: 25 Jul 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the biggest barriers to making investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy is the upfront cost. So what if members of rural electric cooperative and rural municipal electric utilities could borrow money for small-scale improvements on the same … Read More

California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the FHFA Boot From PACE’s Neck

Date: 15 Jul 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy on residential property. It’s a great concept, but … Read More

Ejecting the Power Line Foxes from the Electric Customer Henhouse

Date: 24 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The neighbors of the proposed Badger-Coulee high-voltage line in Wisconsin are like those in many other parts of the country, upset that their utility will construct 200-foot steel towers across their region and through their property (they have some other … Read More

A Little Tapped City Strategy for Boosting Local Renewable Energy

Date: 5 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Many cities served by private utilities think they have little capacity to encourage local renewable energy development. But a largely untapped tool – utility franchise contracts – may hold the key.… Read More

Local Climate Solutions

Date: 27 Jan 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can an individual city or town do to fight climate change? A lot! View these slides from a presentation by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Northfield Climate Summit on January 18, 2014, to see what … Read More

Three Unequal Options for Local Energy Control

Date: 28 Feb 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If we ignore self-generation, three policies are at the center of increasing local control of energy: deregulation (“customer choice”), municipal aggregation (“city choice”), and municipal utilities (“city ownership”).  Two recent articles highlight the relative value of these policies quite clearly. … Read More

Watch: More Clean Energy for Minneapolis

Date: 18 Oct 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Click here for a more detailed article.   ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell presents to a big crowd at “Green Ideas and Ham,” a breakfast policy forum in Minneapolis, about the opportunity for the city to dramatically increase its control … Read More

California County’s PACE Program Could Get Feisty with FHFA

Date: 23 Aug 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Does a Riverside County, CA, residential energy financing program put thousands of homeowners on a collision course with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)? In a proposed rule-making, the FHFA has suggested that Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) policies represent a … Read More

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