Why Utility Execs Hate Distributed Solar

Date: 21 Feb 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this 30 minute presentation to the Just Solar Coalition, Timothy Den-Herder Thomas and John Farrell explain the benefits of distributed solar, why utility companies try to stifle it, and how this conflict has reared its ugly head in Minnesota.… Read More

Petitioners Ask Feds to Investigate Utility Abuses of Monopoly Power — Episode 201 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 17 Jan 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode from the archive, Howard Crystal and Liz Veazey discuss a petition to the Federal Trade Commission and why electric utility practices require federal investigation. ILSR first published this interview in June of 2022.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2023 Q3

Date: 15 Dec 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

7.2 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the third quarter of 2023. Half of that capacity (3.6 gigawatts) was large-scale solar alone, while small-scale solar contributed nearly a third with a record-setting 2.1 gigawatts.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2023 Q2

Date: 3 Oct 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Nearly 11 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the second quarter of 2023. Over half of that capacity was solar power (5.5 gigawatts), about a third was fossil gas (3.8 gigawatts), and the rest was wind (1.5 gigawatts).… Read More

Against All Reason, Indiana Dismantles Rooftop Solar — Episode 193 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 27 Sep 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ben Inskeep discusses Indiana’s backward solar policy, why local solar is a threat to utilities, and how to go up against the powerful entrenched interests of monopolies.… Read More

Don’t Follow California’s Lead on Rooftop Solar — Episode 192 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 13 Sep 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sachu Constantine explains the obstacles and opportunities arising for the electric grid as customers become generators and what California got wrong in its 2022 net metering decision.… Read More

Maryland’s Community Solar Program

Date: 9 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2023, Maryland passed legislation (HB 908) making permanent a successful 7-year community solar pilot program. The now-permanent program allows for unlimited capacity and requires that 40% of each project’s output serves low- to moderate-income subscribers.… Read More

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