Model Ordinances to Support Ground-Mounted Distributed Solar

Date: 6 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This post explores how a community can put together a model solar ordinance. One example is Stearns County, Minn., whose solar ordinance protects pollinator habitat and ensures benefits to the wider community.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Louisville’s Clean Energy Pledge Takes On Multiple Crises — Episode 117 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 18 Nov 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this Voices of 100% episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell talks with Brandon Coan and Gretchen Milliken about Louisville, Ky.’s 100% renewable pledge and how it intersects with the fight for racial justice.… Read More

The Other 2020 Elections: Communities Put Clean Energy/Climate on the Ballot

Date: 11 Nov 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2020 election, several communities had clean energy on the ballot as well as candidates for President, Congress, and state and local races. Here’s a brief overview several ballot measures illustrating how cities are moving at a rapid pace, creating new funding to support local clean energy, and how clean energy has a much broader appeal than either political party.… Read More

The Post-Election Potential for a 30 Million Solar Home Stimulus — Episode 116 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 4 Nov 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this post-Election Day episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, John Farrell and Katie Kienbaum discuss the intersection between federal policy and 30 Million Solar Rooftops: a vision for equitable economic recovery built on climate protection and energy democracy.… Read More

Berkeley Puts Equitable Climate Action on the Ballot — Episode 115 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 21 Oct 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Ben Paulos discuss how voting yes to a climate equity action fund (Measure HH) will advance Berkeley’s zero carbon goal — all while advancing energy equity.… Read More

Local Control Clears the Path to a Clean Energy Future

Date: 15 Oct 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Almost 200 local and state governments across the country have pledged to transition their communities to 100% renewable energy. To meet these goals, communities need more control over their electricity supply. … Read More

Voices of 100%: Gainesville’s Utilities Craft Path to Zero Carbon — Episode 114 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 7 Oct 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Voices of 100% series, host John Farrell speaks with city commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos and climate advocate Bob Tancig of Gainesville, Fla. about the city’s renewable energy prospects.… Read More

Updating Minnesota’s Dated Distributed Generation Tariff

Date: 1 Oct 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this testimony sent to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, John Farrell explains why the state’s 2001 distributed generation tariff has come up short and deserves an update.… Read More

Optimistic Pueblo is Outspent in First Attempt at Utility Takeover — Episode 113 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 23 Sep 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jamie Valdez about Pueblo, Colo.’s efforts to transition to municipal power and the opposition of Pueblo’s monopoly utility.… Read More

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