Watch: “$364 billion up for grabs” – A Preview of Energy Democracy

Date: 12 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

2014 marked the year that solar energy, energy storage and electric vehicles – hallmarks of a decentralized electricity grid – got big enough to threaten the electric utilities, exposing their 100-year-old business model as out-of-date. In nearly 20 states, utilities are fighting back, proposing new fees and rules to minimize the competition from customer generated power. … Read More

Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy

Date: 9 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model – Utility … 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 Santa Fe be the next city to municipalize its electric utility?” Walton reports: “John Farrell, director … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 24, 2014

Date: 25 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the recent ruling for utilities in Wisconsin, the continued growth of solar in several states, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, recently presented on a panel about the City of Minneapolis’ partnership with Xcel. His talk was covered on PVSolarReport. ILSR’s report on the Walton … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 17, 2014

Date: 19 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Various Sources, November 17, 2014 This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the state of solar across the country, a new battery prototype for wind and solar power, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, was quoted in the Midwest Energy News article, “In Minnesota, community solar market starting to take off.” … Read More

Maine’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Apr 2011 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maine’s Net Energy Billing system (2011) allows shared ownership of renewable facilities and virtual net metering. Participants must own a portion of the generation facility. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional Maine community solar resources.… Read More

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