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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on May 19, 2017

Pioneering Community Solar in the Granite State — Episode 44 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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New Hampshire, home to some of the highest utility costs in the nation, could be fertile ground for community energy projects that promote lower-cost, renewable generation — especially after investors in one shared solar array pioneered a strategy to promote greater local ownership. Regulatory and legal roadblocks forced solar advocates in Keene to develop a… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2016

San Francisco Strides Toward an All-Renewable Future

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Two key moves this year will propel San Francisco’s toward an all-renewable electricity mix by 2030, potentially making the city — the 13th largest in the nation — a model for others eyeing a similar transition. This is part of a series released in October 2016 for Energy Awareness Month highlighting communities and community energy… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2016

To Lease or To Own Your Solar Array (Infographic)

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Is owning your solar array your best option, or is leasing right for you? Along with our existing Solar Calculators (both complex and simplified), we have this new infographic. This graphic details the two different ownership structures based around a number of important categories. Please note that solar panels typically carry a 20-year warranty, but most panels… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2016

In St. Peter, MN, A Solar Fee Blossoms

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St. Peter, Minn., home to 11 thousand people, is nestled within the verdant hills of the Minnesota River Valley. The town was originally intended to be the state capital of Minnesota, until a legislator named “Jolly” Joe Rolette nabbed the bill and hid it from the governor’s awaiting signature. Unflappable, the city would play its own part… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2016

Report: Mighty Microgrids

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Communities all over the country are finding ways to break the macro barriers to microgrids. As we flip from a top-down to bottom-up grid management structure, major policy barriers must be lifted in order to expand energy democracy to customers and producers. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT   Executive Summary The electric grid is no longer… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2016

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of January 18, 2016

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This week in Democratic Energy: Nevada continues to draw battle lines between NV Energy/PUC and Nevada citizens. Now that the Investment Tax Credit has been extended, the pinch between policy and practice falls on the states. Community Solar “wins” in Minnesota. Featured Stories: Solar potential on public buildings in Kansas City, Minneapolis & New York… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of October 19, 2015

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This week in Democratic Energy: Hawai’i ends its Net Metering program, approves new rooftop solar programs. Ohio has permanently frozen clean energy implementation in the state, to the ire of most Ohioans. Socio-economic divides persist in solar energy, but the situation is improving. Featured Stories: In Solar Energy, it’s the haves and the have-nots by… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 14, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of October 12, 2015

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This week in Democratic Energy: Iowa is creating their state energy plan that focuses on renewables and efficiency. Minnesota solar advocates fight Xcel Energy on stalled community solar projects. Distributed generation technology is getting much easier to purchase. Featured Stories: Wind and solar keep getting cheaper and cheaper by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post So… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2015

Report: Hawai’i at the Energy Crossroads

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-renewable-hawaii/

UNDER THE SPECTER OF A MAINLAND UTILITY TAKEOVER, ISLANDERS MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN A LEGACY OF LARGE CENTRALIZED POWER OR A BURGEONING NETWORK OF DISTRIBUTED ENERGY Matt Grimley and John Farrell October 2015 DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT Executive Summary On the one hand: Sky-high electricity prices. A 20th century electricity system burning fuel oil and controlled… Continue reading