A Deep Dive to Answer Ken Bone’s Energy Question

placeholderAt the second presidential candidate debate, one red-sweater-wearing American earned notoriety for his question about little-discussed energy policy. The question deserved a thorough response, given that it brushes on some myths of the clean energy transition but also the challenge of guaranteeing justice for displaced workers.

Midwesterner Ken Bone asked this question:

Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot, Two Weeks Out

This is an update of analysis done back in June, state-by-state information has been updated, however, conclusions have largely been left the same, see the original post here.

Q&A: New Report Challenges Assumption that Bigger Solar is Better

Midwest Energy News – October 17, 2016

by Frank Jossi

In a time when hundreds of megawatts of large solar projects are underway in Minnesota, a new report suggests that smaller-scale solar projects could be just as good at delivering low-cost electricity.

Co-op Power Puts Localist Spin on Clean Energy Economy

placeholderNew England is well known for pacesetter legislation that has made it a clean power leader, but the region also boasts a showpiece example of community-scale coordination — separate from the action in statehouses and city halls — that taps into renewables to buoy local economies.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of October 17, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

An analysis of Germany’s customer-centric energy revolution, a Q&A around our latest report, and regulators fighting back against solar fees across the country.

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Distributed Generation Under Fire (2015) by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

In Florida’s Fight for Renewables, New Co-op Network Eyes Solar

placeholderA simmering fight to keep renewables out of Florida’s energy mix is approaching a boiling point in November, underscoring the need for smarter energy policies and easier solar access  offered by Florida Solar United Neighborhoods.

Further Thoughts on the Economics of Losing the Federal Solar Tax Credit

Amid the discussion over ending the federal solar tax credit in 2015, I published an analysis of the less-than-expected hit to residential solar costs.

I made a big mistake. Instead of a 2.5% cost increase, the impact of the expired tax credit would be closer to 13.3%. But a revised and deeper investigation also shows our perverse reliance on tax incentives inflates the cost of solar by 20% or more.

Short-Sighted Utility Stymies Solar in Milwaukee

placeholderBack in 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized Milwaukee as a budding leader in the movement to promote solar power at the local level. Nearly a decade later, the city’s success in promoting solar remains handcuffed by an investor-owned utility fighting progress in favor of the status quo.