Targeting Subscriber Inequities in Minnesota’s Community Solar Program

Date: 23 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments, submitted to Minnesota utility regulators, ILSR asks that the Commission extends the residential adder: a program designed to increase residential participation in community solar gardens.… Read More

In the Star Tribune: Wrong Incentives Drive Energy Decisions in Minnesota, Most States

Date: 8 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the Star Tribune, ILSR Co-Director and Director of the Energy Democracy Initiative John Farrell explains that thanks to a lack of competition, Minnesota energy companies have little incentive to invest in clean energy.… Read More

Hosting Capacity Analysis Could Simplify Grid Interconnection for Distributed Energy Resources

Date: 13 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

These comments, submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on April 7, underline the value Xcel Energy’s hosting capacity analysis could have as part of the interconnection process.… Read More

Much More Rooftop Solar from an Alternative to Monopoly Utility Models

Date: 21 Mar 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new modeling approach from Vote Solar and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) might finally put distributed solar on the same footing in grid planning as the large power plants that utilities prefer.… Read More

Clean Energy Advocates Release Xcel Energy Integrated Resource Plan “Report Card”

Date: 27 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A report card released today by clean energy advocates gave Xcel Energy high marks for retiring existing coal plants, low marks for equity, and a failing grade for their proposal to build a large gas plant in Central Minnesota.… Read More

Utility Regulators Oversee Planning for a Robust, Inclusive Grid in Minnesota

Date: 27 Apr 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments, John Farrell outlines how Xcel Energy should improve its 2019 Integrated Distribution Plan to best serve the needs of Minnesota customers: increased access to distributed energy generation and a fair analysis of the benefits these systems provide to the grid.… Read More

Evaluating the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership, Five Years In — Bonus Episode of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 18 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell speaks with Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon. Farrell and Gordon, with help from Alice Madden of Community Power, talk about the Minneapolis clean energy partnership on its fifth anniversary.… Read More

ILSR’s Testimony Supports Regulators in Unanimous Rejection of Gas Plant Purchase

Date: 16 Oct 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Friday, September 27th, research associate Maria McCoy testified to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Listen to her statement, arguing against Xcel Energy’s proposed purchase of a gas plant, in this five minute video.… Read More

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