Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Issues RFP

Date: 16 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia has taken a deliberate pace on the road to improving local connectivity. On December 10th, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) released an RFP for proposals for an open access fiber optic network. The RVBA is seeking a partner to build the network that will remain a publicly owned asset but … Read More

Watch: Roundtable on the Minneapolis-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

Date: 13 Jan 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can we expect from the first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership between the City of Minneapolis and its electric and gas utilities? Check out this video conversation from a November 2014 MNSEIA conference in Minnesota with the utilities, the city, and the lead grassroots organization about the history, the agreement, and the hopes for this novel partnership. … Read More

Watch: “$364 billion up for grabs” – A Preview of Energy Democracy

Date: 12 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

2014 marked the year that solar energy, energy storage and electric vehicles – hallmarks of a decentralized electricity grid – got big enough to threaten the electric utilities, exposing their 100-year-old business model as out-of-date. In nearly 20 states, utilities are fighting back, proposing new fees and rules to minimize the competition from customer generated power. … Read More

Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy

Date: 9 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model – Utility … 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

A 2-Year City Workplan for Energy Democracy

Date: 21 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The first-in-the-nation city-utility partnership has been framed in Minneapolis, but can the city and its utilities really deliver substantive movement toward an equitable energy economy in the next two years?

It all depends on the workplan, and the grassroots team at Minneapolis Energy Options has delivered.… Read More

The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

Date: 17 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the past month, the city of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities adopted the nation’s first clean energy partnership, with a wide range of goals including meeting the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. How did it happen and what can it accomplish? The following 8-minute video from one of the “lead rabble rousers” … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 24

Date: 27 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this week’s community broadband media roundup, we have more reverberations from Next Century Cities, a forward-thinking coalition of cities that promises real progress in establishing or restoring local authority for broadband networks. For the inside scoop on the launch, we suggest taking a look at Ann L. Kim’s Friday Q&A with Deb Socia, the executive … Read More

We Have “Value for Solar,” but Should We Use It?

Date: 21 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a “value of solar” formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar energy producers and their utility. It’s designed to have the utility accurately compensate solar energy producers for the value of solar electricity to the utility, its customers, and … Read More

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