Democratic Energy Media Roundup – October 13, 2014

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed everything from net metering to the installation of a solar photovoltaic system in a New York county jail. Elisa Woods of GreenBiz reports that New Hampshire may be the next state to adopt electric grid modernization, including microgrids, to increase grid resiliency and economic efficiency: “The advisory agency … Read More

Watch: On WCCO, ILSR Director of Democratic Energy Discusses Xcel Energy Rate Hike

Date: 16 Dec 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“They need some more support from the Legislature in having a critical eye,” said John Farrell, of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “I think the laws that they operate under don’t give them a lot of flexibility to question…the base assumptions that Xcel is bringing to the table.” Check out the 2-minute video clip  

Improvements Needed to Xcel’s Proposed MN Community Solar Program

Date: 11 Nov 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Xcel Energy has published their proposed community solar program on Sept. 30, 2013 and ILSR submitted comments on the unlawfully capped and fee-crazy program last week. Comments below Public Comments on Community Solar (Docket E-002/M-13-867) Program Design Requirements Does Xcel’s proposed plan for operating a community solar garden (CSG) meet all the program design requirements, as … Read More

Coin-Operated Hypocrisy In Action: A Case Study in Monticello

Date: 18 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rant Warning… Every state has at least one organization, often calling itself a think tank, that is funded by large corporations to advance their narrow interests, often at the expense of local businesses and the larger public. Many call these “coin operated” think tanks because they take whatever positions their funders want them to take. Or, … Read More

What Utilities Can Do for Distributed Solar

Date: 31 Oct 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week the Minnesota Public Utility Commission had a rare live public comment period on Xcel Energy’s long term planning process (called an Integrated Resource Plan).  At the urging of several fellow clean energy advocates, I gave my 3 minute testimony about the enormous gulf between Xcel’s 10-year plan for solar power and the solar opportunity. … Read More

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