Are We Sunk? The Electric Utility’s Titanic Problem

Date: 6 Feb 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In my recent report on the utility business model of the future, I laid out 5 pillars of a democratic energy system. It’s hard not to notice the contrast between this vision of the future and the 15-year business plan … Read More

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

Date: 9 Jan 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. electricity system is undergoing the biggest change in its 130-year history, undermining the rationale for monopoly ownership and control. Until recently, electricity service was similar to water or roads, where a natural monopoly was most efficient. Only a … Read More

A $48 Billion Opportunity for U.S. Electric Customers

Date: 15 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Electricity customers in the U.S. got good news last week. A new report from Accenture highlighted a potential revenue loss for U.S. utilities of $48 billion per year by 2025 due to distributed solar and energy efficiency. But where does … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – October 27, 2014

Date: 30 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, ILSR received considerable coverage in several publications. Media reports also discussed the future of utilities, the Energy Department’s significant investment in solar, and a new study examining how peer influence affects who installs solar. John … Read More

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy

Date: 19 Sep 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I spent three days this week with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement because their core theme – economic democracy – fits like a glove over ILSR’s work on democratic energy. The big takeaway? Solar power … Read More

Ejecting the Power Line Foxes from the Electric Customer Henhouse

Date: 24 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The neighbors of the proposed Badger-Coulee high-voltage line in Wisconsin are like those in many other parts of the country, upset that their utility will construct 200-foot steel towers across their region and through their property (they have some other … Read More

Envisioning An Innovative Local Electric Utility – Episode 15 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 6 Feb 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Listen in to the podcast to hear Ken Regelson describe how the remarkable results of Boulder’s citizen-driven energy model have given them power to stand up to the incumbent electric monopoly with a vision for a 21st century clean energy system.… Read More

Show Me Solar: Parity, Value, and Opportunity for Solar Power

Date: 4 Feb 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can solar power do for a single state? How about 21% of its energy, $14 billion in economic activity, and over 150,000 jobs. At a discount to existing electricity costs. Without subsidies. ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, John Farrell, … Read More

Rooftop Revolution – Appendix

Date: 21 Jan 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This wraps up the serialized edition of our residential Rooftop Revolution report.  Read the whole report in short segments below, or download the report and other resources. Part 1 – The Coming Solar Electricity Transformation Part 2 – Solar Costs … Read More

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