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The Hole in Brian Potts’ WSJ Critique of the “Solar-Panel Craze.”

In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that rooftop solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility’s view of energy costs leaves a big hole in the big picture: the value of solar energy and the cost of maintaining an antiquated system of monopoly control.

Why Democratic Energy Offers Faster Approach to Clean Energy

There are many organizations in the energy space, and ILSR’s climate and energy advocacy overlaps substantially with the many other players who care about a cleaner energy system. But our approach isn’t the same.

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 “Next Steps”

Principles, Structure, and Policies of Energy Democracy

Energy democracy can best be described as an electricity system that empowers the individuals and communities that have the energy resources of the 21st century (e.g. wind and solar) to economically benefit from their use. It shares the principles of utility 2.0 – an efficient, low- carbon, and flexible electricity system – and adds two more key principles: local control and equitable access.

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 “Next Steps”

This is the fourth of four parts of our Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy report being published in serial.  To see the first post, click here. Download the entire report and see our other resources here.

A Lesson in Solar from a Northern Neighbor

Based on population, Ontario would be the 5th largest state if it were part of the U.S., but its installed solar capacity, 1,500 MW would rank it 3rd. The province has also shut down all its coal-fired power plants. How does a northern province become a solar and climate leader, despite one of the poorest solar resources in North America?

Policy.

A Lesson in Solar from a Northern Neighbor

Based on population, Ontario would be the 5th largest state if it were part of the U.S., but its installed solar capacity, 1,500 MW would rank it 3rd. The province has also shut down all its coal-fired power plants. How does a northern province become a solar and climate leader, despite one of the poorest solar resources in North America?

Policy.

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 3 “The Future”

Unfortunately for utilities, new technology and commercial opportunities in the coming years will only increase the threat to the 1.0 business model.

Solar energy is growing exponentially as costs have fallen 28% per year from 2009-2013, and electricity from rooftops is approaching or passing parity with utility prices.63

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 3 “The Future”

Unfortunately for utilities, new technology and commercial opportunities in the coming years will only increase the threat to the 1.0 business model.

Solar energy is growing exponentially as costs have fallen 28% per year from 2009-2013, and electricity from rooftops is approaching or passing parity with utility prices.63

Xcel plan to limit scale of Minn. community solar projects riles industry

EnergyWire, May 4, 2015

What was on track to become the nation’s most ambitious community solar program is clouded with uncertainty after Minnesota’s largest utility said that within a month, it will disqualify most of the 560 megawatts of solar projects that have been proposed.

Xcel plan to limit scale of Minn. community solar projects riles industry

EnergyWire, May 4, 2015

What was on track to become the nation’s most ambitious community solar program is clouded with uncertainty after Minnesota’s largest utility said that within a month, it will disqualify most of the 560 megawatts of solar projects that have been proposed.

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