The 2020 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 5 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2020 Community Power Scorecard, two states excelled, seven states and the District of Columbia saw above average scores, 11 were average, 17 were mediocre, and 13 states received failing grades at enabling individuals and communities to take charge of their energy futures.… Read More

Cooperative Ownership Puts Community Solar in the Community — Episode 94 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 1 Jan 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Subin DeVar of the Sustainable Economies Law Center about the nation’s first residential rooftop community solar project. In addition to directing SELC’s community renewable energy program, DeVar is on the board of the People Power Solar Cooperative, which developed the novel project.… Read More

Three Big Energy Stories from 2019 with 2020 Implications

Date: 25 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I am loathe to engage in lists, but year-end is a good time for reflection on big changes in the energy world. Plus, this beats the alternative of showing photos of cats in Christmas outfits, trying to co-opt a meme of baby Yoda, or just posting links to ILSR’s top 10 energy things. Here are three things we saw as big stories in 2019 and implications for 2020.… Read More

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2019 Q3

Date: 20 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

3 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the third quarter of 2019 — 31 percent of which from small-scale solar installations — in the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

Oregon Nears Launch of a Solid Community Solar Program

Date: 13 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Adopted by the legislature in 2016, it’s been a long wait for Oregon’s community solar program to launch. Technically, it hasn’t yet, but the program rules are final enough to show that this program scores well on the four principles for community renewable energy.… Read More

Letter Supporting an Accurate Value of Solar

Date: 4 Nov 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following letter to regulators in Kentucky shares ILSR’s experience with value of solar policy, including the key categories of value to assess, the importance of a utility-independent methodology, the tension between accuracy and usefulness in setting prices, and what to expect from previous exercises in other states.… Read More

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update – 2019 Q2

Date: 2 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

6 gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the second quarter of 2019 — 15 percent of which from small-scale solar installations — in the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

From the Archive: South Miami, a Bright Spot for Solar in the Sunshine State – Episode 85 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 11 Sep 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we revisit our 2018 interview with South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard – who recently used his own solar and storage to go off of the grid for a week. Could distributed solar be the mechanism for a more resilient electric grid?… Read More

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