Watch: Unveiling the Five Pillars of Energy Democracy

Date: 6 Feb 2015 | 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 2.0––that keeps utilities afloat as their customers “cut the cord.”

This presentation (delivered as a webinar on February 5, 2015) suggests we seize this transformational moment––and the $364 billion in annual electricity revenue – to push beyond Utility 2.0 to 3.0, to energy democracy.

The presentation includes an exclusive conversation with utility regulator, legislator, and energy adviser Ellen Anderson, director of the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab. Watch the webinar video below, or scroll further to page through the slides. Click to read the report that inspired the conversation.

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Presentation Slides

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power.