Sherco Power Plant: The Wrong Project, for the Wrong Reasons, At a Big Cost

Date: 22 Feb 2017 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Have you seen this advertisement from Xcel Energy? We’ve done a little bit of work to clarify their message for them. The proposed Sherco natural gas plant bill will soon be at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s desk, after you watch our video, give him a call and tell him you oppose this billion-dollar boondoggle.… Read More

Value of Utility Scale vs. Rooftop Solar Debated Amid Price Decline

Date: 14 Feb 2017 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“Over the last decade, the price of solar installations has declined significantly, but the electric utilities industry continues to debate the value and cost effectiveness of utility scale versus rooftop solar.” In this Daily Energy Insider article, ILSR’s John Farrell is quoted discussing the impact that distributed level solar energy is offering to the grid.… Read More

Commentary: Removing Co-op Oversight Jeopardizes Rural Solar

Date: 8 Feb 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Published in Midwest Energy News, this commentary from ILSR energy researchers John Farrell & Karlee Weinmann details a Minnesota legislative action that would reduce oversight of rural electric cooperatives. “A plan floated by Minnesota lawmakers to exempt rural electric cooperatives from virtually all regulatory oversight would allow these utilities to restrict development of local solar power, even where their member-owners support renewable energy.”… Read More

Boulder seeks to keep ‘moral compass’ intact while pursuing 100% renewable electricity

Date: 10 Dec 2016 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the quest for 100% renewable energy, the city of Boulder is looking to recommit themselves to this reality for their community. That’s why the city is fighting a municipalization campaign against their monopoly electric utility, Xcel Energy. In this discussion, Boulder Daily Camera‘s Alex Burness reached out to discuss this topic with renewable energy expert John Farrell.… Read More

Energy Democracy: Customer Control over Renewable Energy (Episode 3)

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, the director of our Energy Democracy initiative about the concept of energy democracy and about his latest report, Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? John specifically outlines some of the key concepts that make up the principles of energy democracy and how locally-owned renewable energy continues to shape our electric grid in new and exciting ways.… Read More

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