Listen: Can an Old Utility (dog) Learn New Tricks?

Date: 16 Mar 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Arnie Arnesen interviewed ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell on WNHN’s The Attitude last week, seeking an answer to this question: can we expect electric utilities to embrace the energy sources of the future, like solar? Electric Utilities Play … 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: … 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

A $48 Billion Opportunity for U.S. Electric Customers

Date: 15 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Electricity customers in the U.S. got good news last week. A new report from Accenture highlighted a potential revenue loss for U.S. utilities of $48 billion per year by 2025 due to distributed solar and energy efficiency. But where does … 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

A Few Weeds in Minnesota Decision to Allow Community Solar Gardens to Grow

Date: 11 Aug 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Late last week, Minnesota regulators made a decision that may finally allow community solar projects to move forward (for Xcel Energy customers) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, the Public Utilities Commission decision also highlighted the shortcomings of the … Read More

Can PUCs Lead on Distributed Renewable Energy?

Date: 7 Aug 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few, promising … Read More

An Enormous Question for ‘Solar Choice’

Date: 9 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 10 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two weeks ago, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission ratified the first-ever statewide policy for setting a fair and transparent price on solar energy. This week, a coalition of companies that provide leasing contracts for solar to home and business customers declared … Read More

A Roadmap for the FCC To Ensure Local Authority to Build Networks – Community Broadband Podcast #84

Date: 4 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When the DC Circuit Court handed down a decision ruling against the FCC’s Open Internet (network neutrality) rules, it also clarified that the FCC has the power to overrule state laws that limit local authority to build community networks. Harold … Read More

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