Petitioners Ask Feds to Investigate Utility Abuses of Monopoly Power — Episode 201 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 17 Jan 2024 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode from the archive, Howard Crystal and Liz Veazey discuss a petition to the Federal Trade Commission and why electric utility practices require federal investigation. ILSR first published this interview in June of 2022.… Read More

Community Solar Tracker

Date: 13 Dec 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR tracks community solar capacity in states with formal programs that allow non-utility ownership. This quarterly update (2023 Q3) shows the capacity built in nine states, with a focus on projects in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

Report: Will Long-Term Co-op Contracts Give Way to Affordable Clean Energy?

Date: 30 Oct 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s new report, The Rural Electric Rift, examines the struggle of electric distribution cooperatives and their members to restore local control over electricity purchasing and harness the benefits of affordable clean energy.… Read More

Against All Reason, Indiana Dismantles Rooftop Solar — Episode 193 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 27 Sep 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ben Inskeep discusses Indiana’s backward solar policy, why local solar is a threat to utilities, and how to go up against the powerful entrenched interests of monopolies.… Read More

Don’t Follow California’s Lead on Rooftop Solar — Episode 192 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 13 Sep 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sachu Constantine explains the obstacles and opportunities arising for the electric grid as customers become generators and what California got wrong in its 2022 net metering decision.… Read More

Maryland’s Community Solar Program

Date: 9 Aug 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2023, Maryland passed legislation (HB 908) making permanent a successful 7-year community solar pilot program. The now-permanent program allows for unlimited capacity and requires that 40% of each project’s output serves low- to moderate-income subscribers.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker

Date: 20 Jun 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2023 Q1) shows the capacity built in seven states: Colo., Ill., Mass., Md., Minn., N.J., and N.Y. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

National Community Solar Programs Tracker: 2022 Q4

Date: 8 Mar 2023 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

20 states have policies allowing some form of community renewable energy. This quarterly update (2022 Q4) shows the capacity built in seven states: Colo., Ill., Mass., Md., Minn., N.J., and N.Y. It focuses on programs in investor-owned utility service territory.… Read More

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