Energy Democracy in 4 Powerful Steps

Date: 1 Mar 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s no question that the energy system is undergoing change. One need look no further than the 1 million solar rooftops in the U.S. or — for the wonky — the source of new power capacity in the U.S. over the past 15 years. In 2003, just 20% of new electric capacity came from renewable power … Read More

Monopoly Un-Managed? Utility Tries to Dodge Oversight of Spendy Proposed Gas Plant

Date: 26 Jan 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Circumventing a decades-old pact providing a market monopoly in exchange for public oversight, an investor-owned utility has proposed legislation to allow it to build a new natural gas plant criticized for its financial and environmental impact, and then stick customers with the tab. Legislation supporting Xcel Energy’s billion-dollar plans cropped up earlier this month, three months … Read More

Could A 40-Year-Old Law Let More Customers “Exit” the Grid?

Date: 14 Sep 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As state regulators restricted the ability of home and business owners in Nevada to receive sufficient compensation for solar on their rooftops, some large companies started looking towards other options. In 2016, at least two major Las Vegas casinos agreed to pay multi-million dollar “exit fees” to leave the service of incumbent monopoly utility NV Energy to … Read More

A Rising Wind: Better Tech Means Greater State Wind Potential

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

For states looking to reduce their reliance on dirty, imported energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory brings good news on the wind. In a May 2015 report, significantly more wind power potential was found in nearly every state thanks to advancing turbine technology. In 2015, 40 states could produce 50% or more of their annual electricity use … Read More

The Power of the Collective Energy Purchasing – Episode 20 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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

“We can’t do it as an individual, But four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power – that’s really powerful.” Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and small business customers. So far, most communities … Read More

The Catholics and Wind Power in History

Date: 7 Dec 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A funny historical tidbit courtesy of David Morris, showing the exercise of papal power over wind power: “In Northern Europe, one of the earliest records of windmills were the ones in England recorded in 1185…Also, in 1191, records show that a windmill in Bury St. Edmunds was constructed in defiance of the local abbot. The windmill … Read More

Taller Wind Turbines Boost State Energy Self-Reliance

Date: 11 Sep 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today highlights the increasingly common use of 100 meter wind turbines for new wind power projects, up from the previous 80 meter standard.  The technological change grabs more wind energy, with consistently higher wind speeds at higher altitudes, meaning states can get even more power from a similar number … Read More