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Community Power Map
Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2016

Introducing the Community Power Map

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/introducing-the-community-power-map/

Where are communities taking charge of their energy future? Which states give communities the most power? ILSR’s newly-released Community Power Map provides an interactive illustration of how communities are accelerating the transition toward 100% renewable energy and how state policies help or hinder greater local action. You can help. If we’re missing a state policy, grassroots… Continue reading

Distributed Generation Under Fire Q1 2016
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2016

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q1 2016)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/distributed-generation-under-fire-q1-2016/

It all comes down to the money. Discord over compensation for solar customers and utilities alike bled into the first part of the year, extending a long-running debate over the best ways to integrate solar power and — thanks to a few hard-line policy moves — threatening to hold back growth in the solar marketplace…. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2016

Competition and Freedom at Stake – Episode 37 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/competition-and-freedom-at-stake-episode-37-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

Incentives designed to make rooftop solar feasible for a wider range of consumers are under attack nationwide, threatening new solar development as well as the consumers that already have rooftop panels. The staunchest opponents? Utilities who say, despite a growing body of research to the contrary, that rooftop solar hurts other ratepayers and their bottom… Continue reading

Ballot Initiative Feature Image
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2016

2016 Election – Energy Policies at the Ballot

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-election-energy-policies-at-the-ballot/

Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned solar or wind energy. In 2016, more states than ever before placed items on their ballots to change the energy landscape. Sponsored by citizen groups, legislators, and (sometimes) energy industry giants, these… Continue reading

St. Peter Blog - Gustavus Adolphus
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2016

In St. Peter, MN, A Solar Fee Blossoms

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-st-peter-mn-a-solar-fee-blossoms/

St. Peter, Minn., home to 11 thousand people, is nestled within the verdant hills of the Minnesota River Valley. The town was originally intended to be the state capital of Minnesota, until a legislator named “Jolly” Joe Rolette nabbed the bill and hid it from the governor’s awaiting signature. Unflappable, the city would play its own part… Continue reading

California PUC
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2016

Microgrids and Regulation with Chris Villarreal – Episode 30 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/podcast-microgrids-and-regulation-with-chris-villarreal/

With the release of ILSR’s new report, “Mighty Microgrids,” ILSR is releasing two podcasts with the developers and regulators of microgrids in the United States. This is the second podcast. In 2014, Chris Villarreal helped write the white paper, Microgrids: A Regulatory Perspective. As a regulatory analyst with the California Public Utilities Commission, he outlined… Continue reading

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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

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/

This subject has been updated, please read our newest piece: Distributed Generation (Still) Under Fire, published May 2016. 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… 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

solar calculator - flickr Derek Gavey
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