Duking It Out Over Municipal Solar in Raleigh – Episode 24 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 2 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There aren’t many solar success stories from the Southeast, making Raleigh, NC, stand out in a region with low-cost electricity and modest sunshine. With just over 2 megawatts of solar on public property––providing close to 7% of municipal building peak … Read More

The Hole in Brian Potts’ WSJ Critique of the “Solar-Panel Craze.”

Date: 26 May 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that rooftop solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility’s view … Read More

Why (Else) is Xcel Energy Trying to Axe Minnesota’s Community Solar program?

Date: 29 Apr 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a filing Tuesday (April 28), Minnesota’s largest electric utility announced unilateral action within the next 30 days to reduce development under the state’s community solar gardens program by 80%, from nearly 560 MW to 80. It’s the latest in … Read More

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

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