National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Date: 31 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sixteen states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy development. This quarterly update shows the capacity built in states with active programs: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

Stories of Energy Democracy Told in Taunton

Date: 23 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In August 2019, the Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative visited Taunton, Mass., where the community is hoping their city-owned electric utility will accelerate its progress toward renewable energy. In his presentation, John Farrell shared several powerful stories of what’s possible, including the two key tenets of energy democracy: decentralized energy production and decentralized and democratic management and ownership of the system.… Read More

Do Solar Salespeople Oversell Savings?

Date: 6 Sep 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If solar developers overestimate future electricity prices, some of the predicted savings of a solar system never materialize. This article evaluates the evidence for, and consequences of, these overestimations. … Read More

A Massachusetts Town Realizes a Community Vision to Transition from Coal to Sol — Episode 73 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 28 Mar 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, John Farrell interviews Lena Entin about an inspiring and successful community-driven campaign in Holyoke, Mass., to shut down an aging coal plant operated by one of the world’s largest multinational electric utility companies. The two discuss the campaign’s efforts to replace the dirty plant with clean energy to improve health outcomes for the community and provide a just transition for the power plant’s workers.… Read More

The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2018 Update

Date: 12 Mar 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As investments in renewable energy grow, more states are prioritizing solar. But how much of that solar is coming from smaller, distributed sources that help communities build wealth locally? Using updated data for 2018, we examine state-by-state solar markets and the corresponding share of distributed solar systems to see which states have seen the greatest success in investing in local, clean energy.… Read More

Charlemont Chooses Community-Owned Fiber Over Comcast

Date: 13 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The people of Charlemont, Massachusetts, are ready to pay approximately $1.5 million to own broadband infrastructure rather than shell over $462,000 to Comcast for cable Internet access in their community. At a packed December 6th town meeting, voters showed up to handily defeat the proposal from the cable giant and express their support for a publicly owned fiber optic network.… Read More

Massachusetts Town Moves Forward With Municipal Broadband Plans

Date: 21 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ninety miles west of Boston, the small town of South Hadley, Massachusetts, will soon have a new, municipal option for Internet access. In October, the South Hadley Electric Light Department (SHELD) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved plans to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network throughout the town of 17,000.… Read More

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