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 a series of attempts to slow the program, including efforts to cap the program and impose … 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 grid. If this seems confusing to you, too, here’s a quick primer with some key resources. … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of March 27, 2015

Date: 30 Mar 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: Why homeowners may want to think twice before leasing solar panels How Germany’s solar success shines — even through solar eclipse New Solar ownership program could be key to distributed local energy surge Find out which Texas city is set to completely embrace clean power! Featured Stories Leased solar panels can complicate … Read More

Rhode Island Standard Contracts Program Grows Distributed Generation

Date: 24 Mar 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is an invited guest post from Virginia Rutter of Eutectics. By the end of 2019, Rhode Island has a goal to have 200 MW of distributed renewable energy generation in the state, most of it solar. The primary means by which Rhode Island means to meet this goal is through the use of standardized cost-based … Read More

The Other Side of Network Neutrality – Content Neutrality

Date: 20 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are pleased to bring you a guest post from Levi C. Maaia, president of Full Channel Labs and a graduate research fellow at the Center for Education Research on Literacies, Learning & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Levi is a strong advocate for local, family owned businesses and … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of March 16, 2015

Date: 20 Mar 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: West Virginia governor signs bill slamming brakes on solar development Wal-mart’s support of a new North Carolina law should give regulators pause California could produce five times their energy needs from solar   Utility titan plays harder as industry evolves by Bill Loveless, USA Today Of course Fanning says he doesn’t see utilities becoming … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – March 11, 2015

Date: 12 Mar 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Can one state lead the way for others in sound, smart energy policy? New York is setting the stage. This week, Mother Jones, and others talked to John about getting what we want from the utility of the future. (Hint: utilities may soon be waiting-in-the-wings!) Read more stories from this week, below. New York Just Showed … Read More

Reaction to the FCC Decisions, Dissent, and Next Steps – Community Broadband Bits Episode 141

Date: 10 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After the FCC decisions to remove barriers to community networks and to reclassify Internet access as a Title II service to enforce network neutrality rules, Lisa and I spend some time discussing the decision and reactions to it. We also discuss my presentation at Freedom to Connect, where I offer some thoughts on what communities can … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 6, 2015

Date: 8 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Outlets are continuing to pick up on the fact that the FCC’s Community Broadband decision was a big one for the future of the Internet.  Community Broadband The Most Important Decision the FCC Made Last Week Wasn’t on Net Neutrality… By David Dayen, The New Republic …Telecoms have reacted to this wave of community broadband in ways … Read More

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