Maine Legislature All About That Broadband in 2015

Date: 22 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maine continues to be a hot spot in the drive to improve connectivity as the 2015 state legislative session opens. According to the Bangor Daily News, 35 bills have been introduced that deal with broadband issues. The story also notes that several lawmakers have introduced bills that propose funding from the state. House Republican Norman Higgins … Read More

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

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

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25% of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it’s needed and juicing up local economies. But many states have limited how much of their electricity can come … Read More

Are Utilities or States the Leaders in Renewable Energy and Efficiency?

Date: 7 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A June 2014 study by Ceres highlighted the top electric utilities for renewable energy and efficiency. In an article discussing the findings, Utility Dive suggested that there are “wide disparities […] in the extent to which electric utilities currently deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency.” To find the source of these disparities, look no further than … Read More

A Timeline of State Energy Efficiency Standards

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a nice graphic of the timeline of state energy efficiency standard adoption on the web anywhere (that I could find).  So I made one. Hat tip to Center for Climate and Energy Solutions for the template and to ACEEE for the data.   This article originally posted at ilsr.org. For timely … Read More

Vermont Draft Telecom Plan Fails to Deliver on Many Fronts

Date: 12 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, the Vermont Department of Public Service began a series of public hearings on the public comment draft of its State Telecommunications Plan. The plan is intended to asses the current state of the telecom landscape in Vermont, map out goals and benchmarks for the next 10 years, and provide recommendations for how to achieve … Read More

Can PUCs Lead on Distributed Renewable Energy?

Date: 7 Aug 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few, promising examples of Public Utilities Commissions around the U.S. that are actually making things better for distributed … Read More

Watch: Minnesota’s Value of Solar Webinar

Date: 13 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What is “the value of solar” electricity? How can it be used in energy policy? And how does it differ from other policies that govern the deployment of distributed solar power? Listen in to this 30-minute webinar presentation (and 30-minute Q&A) to learn about Minnesota’s recently enacted value of solar policy, how it may work for solar … Read More

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Date: 10 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement:   The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC – represents … Read More

The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

Date: 30 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.  But the continued expansion of distributed solar power … Read More

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