Report: New Survey Shows How Electric Utilities and Policymakers Are Holding Back Local Solar

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

A new report shows how electric utilities and policymakers are creating unexpected delays and added costs for solar projects and slowing the growth of local solar, based on our first ever survey of solar developers.… Read More

ILSR’s Community Power Map Gets a Facelift

Date: 5 Nov 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How do states help or hinder local progress toward renewable energy? ILSR’s Community Power Map illustrates the ways, with an interactive interface that received a refresh this week. The companion to the annual Community Power Scorecard, the map highlights state policies like community solar and community choice energy that enable local clean energy deployment. It also shows the impacts of those policies by listing where projects have been developed, where communities have made 100% renewable energy commitments, and where communities have taken charge of their energy systems.… Read More

Xcel Has Room for Renewable Generation on its Minnesota Grid. So Where Is It?

Date: 24 Apr 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Determining exactly how much local renewable generation can reach Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota hinges in part on how many of these projects the existing grid can accommodate. To that end, the state’s Public Utilities Commission compelled the utility last year to report on more than 1,000 “feeders” delivering electricity to homes and businesses across its … Read More

Utility “Gets Ready” for More Local Energy in Hawai’i

Date: 5 Feb 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Hawai’an solar advocates are celebrating this week after the island state’s largest utility, Hawai’ian Electric (HECO) filed a plan with the public utility commission to take a “proactive approach” to adding more distributed solar to their grid system. Utilities across the country typically use “conservative blanket limits” on the amount of renewable energy allowed on local … Read More

How Archaic Utility Rules Stall Local Solar [Infographic]

Date: 8 Aug 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Many people expect that solar power will dramatically expand once it bursts through the cost barrier and becomes less expensive than grid electricity.  But archaic utility rules can effectively cap local solar development at just 15% of peak demand.  Fortunately, pioneering states like Hawaii and California are exploring ways to lift the cap and bring utility … Read More

Four Charts Provide Distributed Solar Lessons from California

Date: 27 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new study for the California Public Utilities Commission explores the “Technical Potential for Local Distributed Photovoltaics in California.”  Basically, it’s one of the more in-depth analyses of local solar power in the country, suggesting that California has the capacity to add 15 gigawatts (GW) of local solar (20 megawatts and smaller) to its grid by … Read More

Every Utility Should Have This Map

Date: 2 Mar 2011 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

To support its solar PV program, Southern California Edison rolled out a map of its grid system, highlighting (in red) areas that “could potentially minimize your costs of interconnection to the SCE system.” A similar map is forthcoming from San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric. The benefits for distributed generation are obvious, … Read More