Why Utilities Are Hating on Their Solar-Producing Customers

Date: 1 Apr 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I have the privilege of talking to a lot of reporters about rooftop solar energy, and particularly about why utilities seem hell bent on stopping their customers from using their own money to add clean, renewable energy to the electric … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 15, 2014

Date: 17 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, media reports covered South Carolina’s net metering deal, Minnesota’s Solar Rewards Community program, and more. From Switchboard, the Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog, Pierre Bull discussed a recent report that highlights which states excel … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 8, 2014

Date: 8 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Over the last two weeks in democratic energy, media reports discussed a serious threat to Minneapolis’ recent city-utility partnership, why conservatives are embracing solar, and more. ILSR’s own John Farrell was cited in Utility Dive, in Robert Walton’s article, “Will … Read More

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

Date: 2 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25% of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it’s needed and … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 24, 2014

Date: 25 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the recent ruling for utilities in Wisconsin, the continued growth of solar in several states, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, recently presented on a panel about the City … Read More

We Have “Value for Solar,” but Should We Use It?

Date: 21 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a “value of solar” formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar energy producers and their utility. It’s designed to have the utility accurately … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – October 13, 2014

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed everything from net metering to the installation of a solar photovoltaic system in a New York county jail. Elisa Woods of GreenBiz reports that New Hampshire may be the next state to … Read More

Report: Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Finds

Date: 9 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Walton family — majority owners of Walmart — are impeding America’s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by ILSR finds. At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S. solar industry is employing 143,000 people, the Waltons are funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back renewable energy policies, while a Walton-owned company is pushing for regulations aimed at hindering the growth of rooftop solar power.… Read More

Watch: Minnesota’s Value of Solar Webinar

Date: 13 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What is “the value of solar” electricity? How can it be used in energy policy? And how does it differ from other policies that govern the deployment of distributed solar power? Listen in to this 30-minute webinar presentation (and 30-minute Q&A) … Read More

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