Did FERC Just Smash the Biggest Roadblock to Clean, Local Power for Electric Co-ops?

Because they only sell 11% of the country’s electricity and they largely overlap politically conservative areas, electric cooperatives are often the forgotten stepchild of the clean energy movement. But with 7 of the top 10 dirtiest power systems (as measured by carbon intensity) and territory that overlaps some of the best renewable energy resources in the country, electric cooperatives are ripe for revolution.

PREVIEW: Competing For a 100% Renewable Hawaii

placeholderhawaiian island satelliteFrom American missionaries to imported fuel oil, Hawai`i has a history of dealing with outside infl

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of September 21st, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

Midwest Energy News’ Bentham Paulos’ new analysis of mid-western cities charts different implementations of distributed generation resources.

Wisconsin ‘health hazard’ ruling could shock wind industry

Texans see long-term benefit in distributed generation.

Featured Stories:

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 1 “A prelude to the future” by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of September 14, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

Ohio groundswell gathers around reinstatement of renewable energy mandates.

Utah group condemns utility’s false claims to promoting renewable energy

Vox’s David Roberts, in a 2-part series, seeks to break down the dominance of 20th century style electric utilities.

Featured Stories:

The Federal Solar Tax Credit extension: can we win if we lose? by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Reimagining electric utilities for the 21st century

Vox, September 11, 2015

In my last post, I explained the core problem facing US electric utilities: They are still structured as monopolies that bundle together disparate energy services, despite new technology making it possible, and desirable, to “unbundle” those services.

Ever Greater Share of New Power from Distributed Solar

placeholderSecond quarter data from the Energy Information Administration and the Solar Energy Industries Association came out this week and distributed solar continues its surging growth. Over 650 megawatts (MW) of new distributed solar capacity was grid connected between April and June, 10% of new power plant capacity.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of September 7, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

California utilities attempt to reduce residential solar, much to solar company ire.

Solar energy amendment fight heading to Florida Supreme Court.

Inefficient Ohio utility seeks to save money on coal power by passing the cost onto their customers.

How to decide whether to rent or buy a solar-power system

Market Watch, September 4, 2015

When Louis Gray bought his two-story Sunnyvale, Calif., home in 2010, a solar power array was already in his plans. He finally took the plunge in March 2014, paying Sunrun Inc. $18,000 for 20 years of electricity.

The Federal Solar Tax Credit Extension: Can We Win if We Lose?

In 16 months, the solar industry faces the end of the line for the 30% federal tax credit. The Investment Tax Credit will fall to 10% for businesses and to zero for residential solar customers. Some have called this the “solar cliff.”

There may be a silver lining in this tax credit expiration cloud, but it’s still a bad idea.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 31, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

  • Solar advocates win big victories in Nevada and Colorado and keep net metering policies intact.
  • Michigan solar energy fight garners unusual advocates for distributed generation.
  • Clean Power Plan drawing criticism from utility-funded reports.
  • Exellon-Pepco merger thwarted by grassroots efforts.