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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Support Community Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/top-10-reasons-to-support-community-power/

Building local equity is the key to campaigns for 100% renewable energy, giving everyone a chance to own a piece of their energy future. What does control of our electric grid look like? Check out these images to help illustrate the importance of clean, local energy. Click through to discover the top 10 reasons to support Community… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2015

UPDATE: Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/distributed-renewable-energy-fire/

Need evidence that utilities are fighting back against their customer’s desire to generate their own power? This map shows where policies like net metering are undermining the ability of utility customers to exercise their desire for self-reliance. I developed this map as a side project while I was working on explaining the value of solar… Continue reading

Democratic Energy Media Roundup (1)
Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of September 7, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-september-7-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: California utilities attempt to reduce residential solar, much to solar company ire. Solar energy amendment fight heading to Florida Supreme Court. Inefficient Ohio utility seeks to save money on coal power by passing the cost onto their customers. Featured Stories: This Ohio utility has an innovative plan to save coal… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2015

To Lease or To Own: Simplified Solar Calculator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/simplified-solar-calculator/

Now simplified, the new solar lease calculator is here. Just enter in your zip code, electric utility, and solar array size. Then set the terms of your loan or lease to see how solar ownership stacks up against third-party options. Purchase (cash): Customer owns the PV system from day one, pays upfront with cash Purchase (loan): Customer… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 27, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-27-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Activists rally against Massachusetts Net Metering caps New York’s energy vision inspires others Minnesota city puts solar on the map Featured Stories Questions to ponder as the future electric grid takes shape by Quentin Karpilow, Green Biz You can read ILSR’s submission here!   Regulations putting a limit on solar… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 20, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-20-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: New York is leading the renewable energy revolution #SolarforAll strategy takes hold Mississippi’s perfect storm for renewables Featured Stories Opening The Door To Solar Power For All by Mark Ruffalo, The Huffington Post Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It’s Also Worth Less by John Farrell, GreenTech Solar Five Things… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 13, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-13-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: California leaders back solar projects How caps are holding solar growth hostage Why health benefits should be part of value of solar calculation Featured Stories 100% Renewable Energy: How to Get There (Video) The White House Wants To Increase Your Access To Solar Power by Justin Worland, Time The plan will help finance… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 3, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-july-3-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Solar Energy Amendment moves forward in Florida New grid fees threaten Minnesota renewable energy producers. New York is poised to become the cleanest state in the US. Featured Stories The U.S. solar industry is shifting toward consumers by  Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune The opening of the urban commons by Greg Kats, GreenBiz… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of June 19, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-june-19-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Hawaii’s solar ranking drops Florida solar initiative faces pushback Battles over fixed charges proliferate across Midwest in wake of Wisconsin cases Featured Stories The U.S. solar industry is shifting toward consumers by  Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune The opening of the urban commons by Greg Kats, GreenBiz The opening of the urban commons… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2015

Public Rooftop Revolution Report: Part 4, “Conclusions”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/public-rooftop-revolution-report-part-4-conclusions/

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter… Continue reading