Three Questions about Xcel Energy’s Landmark Low-Carbon Announcement

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

I join with clean energy advocates across the country in celebrating Xcel Energy’s announcement yesterday that it will reduce carbon emissions in its electricity generation by 80% from 2005 to 2030, and to zero by 2050. However, I have three questions about whether the company’s actions will match the words.… Read More

ILSR Submits Critique of Xcel Energy’s Value of Solar Calculation to Minnesota Regulators

Date: 3 Dec 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In November, ILSR submitted joint comments with Community Power and Cooperative Energy Futures to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commision expressing concerns about Xcel Energy’s 2019 Value of Solar calculation. The comments outline issues with the company’s assumptions and ways to improve them.… Read More

Tax Change Deters Rural Co-ops From Expanding Internet Access

Date: 9 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For many rural Americans, the local electric or telephone cooperative is their best hope for finally obtaining modern-day connectivity. With the support of government funding, rural cooperatives have brought electricity, telephone service, and more recently broadband access to some of the most rugged and sparsely populated places in the country.… Read More

Minnesota Regulators Give Boost to Residential Community Solar

Date: 24 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a decision earlier this month, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a 1.5-cent adder to the per-kilowatt-hour compensation offered to residential subscribers of community solar projects offered in Xcel Energy territory in Minnesota. The Commission’s decision gives hope that residential participation will continue, with the adder effective for projects started in 2019 and 2020.… Read More

Rural Minnesotans Face “Corporate Indifference” of Internet Service Provider

Date: 4 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A few weeks ago, we wrote about one of the community meetings held by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to address mounting frustrations over poor service from Frontier Communications. Subscribers at the meeting in Wyoming, Minnesota, complained of download speeds as slow as 0.05 Megabits per second (Mbps), outages that lasted for weeks, and unhelpful customer service representatives.… Read More

New Jersey Publishes Model Community Solar Program Rules

Date: 3 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Joining 14 other states, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities recently rolled out its draft community solar (or “shared renewables”) program rules. The program captures many of the best aspects of community solar programs, including generous compensation, project sizes, and a focus on access for low-income customers.… Read More

These Minnesotans Are Fed Up With Internet Service from Frontier

Date: 14 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

People in Wyoming, Minnesota, gathered together on September 12th to bend the ear of officials from the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Ann Treacy from the Blandin Foundation attended the meeting and recorded most of the conversation from the 100 or so frustrated and fed-up folks. The meeting was one of five organized by the PUC after a record number of complaints by incumbent telephone and Internet access provider Frontier.… Read More

Video: Solutionary Perspectives Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy Webinar

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

Earlier this summer, ILSR Energy Democracy Research Associate Marie Donahue participated in an online video series entitled Solutionary Perspectives, produced by the Backbone Campaign’s Solutionary Rails project. The recent episode “Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy” released last week focuses on the topic of community solar, highlighting on-the-ground examples from Maryland and key resources from ILSR.… Read More

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