Net Neutrality Repeal Threatens Some States More Than Others

Date: 20 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On December 14th, FCC Chair Ajit Pai and the Republican Commissioners voted to present a huge holiday gift to big ISPs by dismantling network neutrality, despite outcries from the American people. When we examined FCC data to determine how many Americans … Read More

KentuckyWired: Partners, Poles, and Problems Plague Broadband Project

Date: 24 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There is no one-size-fits-all method of deploying across a state filled with communities and landscapes as diverse as Kentucky. From the urban centers like Louisville and Lexington to the rocky, mountainous terrain in the southeastern Appalachian communities, demographics and geography vary widely. But most lack modern Internet access and local ISPs have found it hard to get affordable backhaul to connect to the rest of the Internet.

This is the story of the KentuckyWired middle-mille broadband project.… Read More

Franklin County Infrastructure Bank to Invest in Grove City, Ohio’s Fiber Network

Date: 10 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On August 1, 2017, the Franklin County Infrastructure Bank awarded Grove City, Ohio a $2 million loan to support their construction of a municipal fiber optic network. The Grove City Plan According to the city’s Request for Proposal (RFP), the city is … Read More

Sharply Higher Rooftop Solar Potential Increases Opportunity for Energy Self-Reliance

Date: 11 Apr 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a new estimate of rooftop solar potential, an update to 2008 figures we used in our landmark state-by-state energy atlas, Energy Self-Reliant States. The bottom line: there’s much more potential to … Read More

Why Utilities Are Hating on Their Solar-Producing Customers

Date: 1 Apr 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I have the privilege of talking to a lot of reporters about rooftop solar energy, and particularly about why utilities seem hell bent on stopping their customers from using their own money to add clean, renewable energy to the electric … Read More

Can a State’s Solar Party Start Without It?

Date: 27 Feb 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

See our March 2018 update affirming these findings In about half of U.S. states, an individual or business can have solar installed on their roof owned by someone else, and either buy the power or lease the array from that … Read More

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

Date: 9 Jan 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. electricity system is undergoing the biggest change in its 130-year history, undermining the rationale for monopoly ownership and control. Until recently, electricity service was similar to water or roads, where a natural monopoly was most efficient. Only a … Read More

A Deep Dive on Value of Solar and the Future of Solar Energy – Episode 22 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 15 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“Utility regulation and rates is a contact sport,” says Karl Rabago, and that makes the implementation of a new “value of solar” policy complex. Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price? How does it differ from … Read More

Report: Minnesota’s Value of Solar

Date: 9 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 17 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy. It may fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities and their energy-producing customers. It may also serve as a precedent for setting a transparent, … Read More

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