Democratic Energy’s Top 5 of 2013

Date: 2 Jan 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rooftop Revolution A combination resource of our two reports on residential and commercial solar grid parity, including a slideshow, infographic, and an amazing interactive map (#5 on this list by itself).       Germany Has More Solar Power Because … Read More

Planning for Phasing Out Incentives

Date: 26 Dec 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming of solar “grid parity” means re-thinking incentives for solar energy. The success … Read More

Who’s Your Energy Daddy?

Date: 7 Oct 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This panel asks ‘who’s your energy daddy?’ and for now it remains large, investor-owned utilities, and ostensibly locally-focused rural cooperatives and municipal utilities. But the energy landscape of today gives me uncomfortable reminders of the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles – the Oedipus … Read More

Essential Elements in the Value of Solar

Date: 27 Sep 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Comments to the Minnesota Division of Energy Resources Re: Value of Solar Stakeholder Process From: Institute for Local Self-Reliance    John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy Date: September 20, 2013 Background The value of solar component of the state’s new … Read More

Utility Agrees: (Their) Solar Should Supplant Natural Gas

Date: 16 Sep 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Five months ago, one of the country’s ten largest electric utilities told regulators in Minnesota that it needed three new natural gas power plants to handle peak energy demand.  This week, the same company’s Colorado division announced plans to use … Read More

Utility Shocked to Find It’s Already Dead

Date: 13 Sep 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s an increasingly shrill discussion among utilities (and from their own Edison Electric Institute) about the threat to their business from distributed energy, as their customers shift to getting their own power from local renewable resources.  Reports and news stories … Read More

Is Solar Cheaper Than Grid Electricity? Yes. And No.

Date: 15 Jul 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The word “parity” is to the solar advocate as the word “abracadabra” is to the magician.  Through it, all things are possible.  But there’s really two kinds of solar parity with electricity prices, and the difference is significant. Take this … Read More

Positive Policy Changes for Distributed Renewable Energy

Date: 26 Jun 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

From outdated technical rules to local permitting to incentive policies, there are opportunities to increase the potential for local solar. This is the fourth of five parts of our Rooftop Revolution report being published in serial.  Read Part 1 or … Read More

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