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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2017

In Minnesota, utilities and regulators plan for the grid of the future

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Midwest Energy News – May 22, 2017 By Frank Jossi Minnesota regulators recently heard proposals from Xcel Energy to introduce a sophisticated new electric grid software platform and to build an energy storage system instead of a substation. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) certified the need for the $27 million software platform while requesting more… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Commentary: Removing Co-op Oversight Jeopardizes Rural Solar

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Midwest Energy News – February 8, 2017

By John Farrell & Karlee Weinmann

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. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 19, 2016

Q&A: New Report Challenges Assumption that Bigger Solar is Better

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Midwest Energy News – October 17, 2016 by Frank Jossi In a time when hundreds of megawatts of large solar projects are underway in Minnesota, a new report suggests that smaller-scale solar projects could be just as good at delivering low-cost electricity. Why? Farrell’s research suggests that with transmission costs from remote wind and solar farms,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2016

New Mapping Tool Showcases Clean Energy Policies and Projects

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Midwest Energy News – September 16, 2016 by Frank Jossi A new state “community power” mapping tool released this month gives policymakers and activists a national scorecard on state and local clean energy initiatives. John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance developed the map to showcase the link between what his group regards as… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2016

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – February 29, 2016

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This week in Energy Democracy:  Palo Alto, California considers a new solar contract under $40 per megawatt hour. Rural electric cooperatives start getting into solar. Big Ohio utilities are prompting the ire of citizens. Featured Stories: FirstEnergy, AEP deals in Ohio prompt 55K protest emails by The Toledo Blade To lease or to own: simplified… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2016

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of January 18, 2016

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This week in Democratic Energy: Nevada continues to draw battle lines between NV Energy/PUC and Nevada citizens. Now that the Investment Tax Credit has been extended, the pinch between policy and practice falls on the states. Community Solar “wins” in Minnesota. Featured Stories: Solar potential on public buildings in Kansas City, Minneapolis & New York… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 6, 2016

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of January 4, 2016

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This week in Democratic Energy: Nevada slashes Net Metering policy. Solar investment tax credit gets an extension from Congress. Midwest Energy News’ 2015 year in review focuses on the fight between utilities and everyone else. Featured Stories: Fixed charges, ‘bailouts’ and green tea: the Midwest Energy News 2015 year in review by Ken Paulman, Midwest… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of December 7, 2015

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This week in Democratic Energy: Tea Party leader champions solar energy in Florida. Energy fixed-charges rise in Omaha, so does the pitch of opposition. Rooftop solar reaches such a prevalence that it is now being tracked by the Energy Information Administration. Featured Stories: It’s not doomsday, but neither is ending the Solar Tax Credit good… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of September 21st, 2015

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This week in Democratic Energy: Midwest Energy News’ Bentham Paulos’ new analysis of mid-western cities charts different implementations of distributed generation resources. Wisconsin ‘health hazard’ ruling could shock wind industry Texans see long-term benefit in distributed generation. Featured Stories: Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 1 “A prelude to the future” by John Farrell, CleanTechnica Midwest cities… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 31, 2015

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This week in Democratic Energy: Solar advocates win big victories in Nevada and Colorado and keep net metering policies intact. Michigan solar energy fight garners unusual advocates for distributed generation. Clean Power Plan drawing criticism from utility-funded reports. Exellon-Pepco merger thwarted by grassroots efforts.   Featured Stories: 5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating On Their Solar-Producing… Continue reading