National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Date: 7 Sep 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2022 Q2) shows the capacity built in six states: Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

Duluth, Minnesota Could Revolutionize Affordable Internet Access Citywide

Date: 12 Aug 2022 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like countless U.S. communities, Duluth, Minnesota (pop. 86,000) got a crash course on the importance of affordable broadband during the Covid-19 crisis. Those struggles in telecommuting and home education helped fuel a dramatic new broadband expansion…… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker: 2022 Q1

Date: 16 Jun 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2022 Q1) shows the capacity built in five states: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

A Solar Policy Shows How Solar Protects Households From High Gas Prices

Date: 14 Jun 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

State “value of solar” policies, as in Minnesota, create an incentive to install more solar energy in response to high natural gas prices and reduce long-term impacts on electricity customers.… Read More

Xcel’s Hosting Capacity Map Is Better, but Needs Improvement Before It’s Useful for Interconnecting Distributed Solar

Date: 8 Apr 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments filed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, ILSR notes some improvements in Xcel Energy’s hosting capacity map and points to issues that require further attention.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker – 2021 Q4

Date: 8 Mar 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2021 Q4) shows the capacity built in states with most active programs: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

Leaders in Morris, Minn., Create a Model for Rural Resilience — Episode 150 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Feb 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, guests Troy Goodnough and Blaine Hill join John Farrell to discuss the Morris Model. They discuss local and international partnerships and what it means to be a model community.… Read More

What Is the Value of Solar? — Episode 148 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 Jan 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Gabriel Chan discuss how to calculate solar energy’s true value, where to improve Minnesota’s Value of Solar, and why we must ground decisions in data.… Read More

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