Who Needs Transmission Wires Anyway? — Episode 175 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 Jan 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Dan Juhl develops integrated clean energy projects that combine solar, wind, and/or battery storage. He shares how commercial-scale, hybrid solar and wind systems are a “real match” that can circumvent transmission system concerns.… Read More

Arizona Public Utility Acts Like For-Profit Peers — Episode 174 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 4 Jan 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Autumn Johnson talks about Salt River Project: a publicly-owned Arizona utility engaged in some shady behavior. The public’s only accountability measure? Board members who are elected by land-owning customers and punished for their dissension.… Read More

Regulators as Referees When Utilities and Customers Clash — Episode 173 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 21 Dec 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ted Thomas, former chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, discusses access, fairness, cost shifts, utility monopolies, and innovation in the electricity sector.… Read More

Shining Up Sacramento’s Lackluster Public Utility — Episode 172 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 7 Dec 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Derek Cressman and Fatima Malik, who both ran for seats on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) board, describe the evolution of SMUD, how the public utility is failing its customers, and share their proposed solutions.… Read More

Tiny Laboratories of (Energy) Democracy — Episode 171 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 23 Nov 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host John Farrell is joined by Jesse Gray and David Mendels. They discuss the six provisions in the Municipal Climate Empowerment Plan, state legislation that would enable Massachusetts communities to tackle their clean energy challenges with local solutions and greater local funding.… Read More

Public Power Pt. 6: Alternatives — Episode 170 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 9 Nov 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Farrell explains five alternatives to a public power takeover that can still advance a community’s clean energy and environmental justice aims. This is part six of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

Public Power Pt. 5: The Perils — Episode 169 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 26 Oct 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Customers of four publicly-owned utilities explain some limitations of the public power model and how they are organizing to increase accountability. This is part five of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

How Cities Can Make the Most of IRA Dollars — Episode 168 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 12 Oct 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lawyer Amy Turner joins John Farrell to explain how cities can use Inflation Reduction Act dollars to advance local goals — and should help their residents do the same.… Read More

Public Power Pt. 4: Game Over? — Episode 167 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 28 Sep 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Farrell describes three municipalization attempts: Boulder, Minneapolis, and Decorah. Each city failed to form its own utility, but found silver linings in trying. This is part four of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

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