The Concrete Benefits of Virtual Power Plants — Episode 203 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 14 Feb 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chris Rauscher explains the benefits of coordinating distributed energy resources, how residential solar and storage customers have saved their neighbors from blackouts, and why every utility could be offering a virtual power plant program.… Read More

10 Years of Minnesota’s Community Solar Program — Episode 202 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 31 Jan 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Pouya Najmaie discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Minnesota’s community solar program, its many regulatory and legislative changes over the years, and how utility Xcel Energy has found a new way to try to suppress distributed generation.… Read More

Community Composting’s Untapped Potential for Local Zero Waste & Climate Resilience Efforts (feat. Kourtnii Brown)

Date: 30 Jan 2024 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Composting for Community Podcast, we are joined by Kourtnii Brown, founder and director of Common Compost (Oakland, California) and CEO of the California Alliance for Community Composting. We discuss the immense potential of community composting to scale up and meet diversion goals based on the findings of the Community Composting for Green Spaces (CCGS) 2021/22 pilot program.… Read More

Petitioners Ask Feds to Investigate Utility Abuses of Monopoly Power — Episode 201 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 17 Jan 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode from the archive, Howard Crystal and Liz Veazey discuss a petition to the Federal Trade Commission and why electric utility practices require federal investigation. ILSR first published this interview in June of 2022.… Read More

200 Episodes, 10 Lessons, and Your Questions — Episode 200 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 3 Jan 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this milestone 200th episode, John Farrell reflects on 10 years of making the Local Energy Rules podcast, shares what he has learned from over 200 guests, and answers some listener questions.… Read More

Scaling Up Home Energy Investment — Episode 199 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 20 Dec 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Matt Flaherty discusses the barriers to home energy upgrades, how inclusive utility investment is a scalable solution that addresses many of these barriers, and what it will take to get utilities on board with on-bill financing.… Read More

Loopholes and Scams in New York Gas Plans — Episode 198 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 6 Dec 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ben Kuebrich discusses New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, what to expect when gas utilities do their own decarbonization planning, and how states and clean energy advocates can actually address methane gas use in the buildings sector.… Read More

Utility Millions Take Down Popular Measure — Episode 197 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 22 Nov 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lucy Hochschartner explains how public power would have been an improvement over Maine’s investor-owned utilities, yet didn’t receive the support of Maine voters on November 7th.… Read More

New Paths for Rural Electric Co-op Revival — Episode 196 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 9 Nov 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Frances Sawyer and Maria McCoy discuss ILSR’s new report on rural electric co-ops and how federal dollars can meet the growing momentum of co-op member-owners organizing around affordability, clean energy, and local control.… Read More

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