Much More Rooftop Solar from an Alternative to Monopoly Utility Models

Date: 4 Mar 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new modeling approach from Vote Solar and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) might finally put distributed solar on the same footing in grid planning as the large power plants that utilities prefer.… Read More

Greenpenny Puts Community Banking to Work for Clean Energy — Episode 123 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 10 Feb 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Greenpenny’s Jason MacDuff. They discuss what’s needed for a prompt clean energy transition, the value of community banks, and the success of the innovative Greenpenny model.… Read More

Let’s Talk About Solar, Equity, and Monopoly Power in 2021

Date: 22 Dec 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

2020 demonstrated that distributed solar isn’t just economically competitive or a superior job creator, it’s better for everyone. In this year-end post, Energy Democracy Initiative Director John Farrell describes where that lesson should take advocates in 2021.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q3

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

Renewables are bouncing back after a COVID-19 pandemic punch; in the third quarter of 2020, solar comprised a near-record 60 percent of new power generation capacity. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… 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

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q2

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

New renewable energy beat out new fossil generation in the second quarter of 2020, but the hampering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have begun to take hold. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Arkansas City Advances its Energy Action Plan — Episode 112 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 9 Sep 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Voices of 100% series, host John Farrell speaks with Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Environmental Director Peter Nierengarten of Fayetteville, Arkansas about their 100% commitment.… Read More

Coal Plant Communities Seek a Just Economic Transition

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

Communities reliant on coal, for tax revenue and jobs, are at risk when the plants go under. In this post, we dig in to coal plant closures and ask whether clean energy opportunities can replace what’s been lost.… Read More

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