Minnesota Utility Takes Baby Steps Toward Broadening Community Solar Access

Minnesota’s largest utility is planning a pilot community solar program specifically targeted to low-income customers, an important first step in bridging significant gaps in accessing the benefits of the state’s burgeoning clean energy economy.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of August 21, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Nederland, Colo. & Orlando, Fla. have committed to being 100% powered by renewable energy; Denver, Colo. is using Volkswagen settlement money to install electric vehicle charging stations across the city; and a new community group in Appalachian Ohio is helping to reduce the worries and fees associated with solar energy in the region.


Energy and Policy Institute Exposes Three Ways Electric Utilities Stomp Innovation and Competition

If you work to secure Americans’ rights to solar energy or to accelerate the deployment of inexpensive renewable energy, you understand that not everyone is in favor. In particular, incumbent electric utilities tend to oppose competition in their (often monopoly) share of the electricity market.

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Update November 2016: From now on, we’ll keep the most recent data on the program’s development in this post

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of August 7, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report reveals that as of last month, the majority of states have set energy efficiency goals, we check up on the state of Michigan’s electric vehicle policies, and Chattanooga’s municipal electric utility, EPB, makes strides with its new community solar project.


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Zero is the Hero: Zero Net Energy Buildings Reach New Communities, Promising Savings, and Renewable Energy

As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city leaders, regulators, and individuals nationwide.

In ‘automotive capital of the world,’ critics say electric vehicle policy is lagging

Midwest Energy News – July 31, 2017

Written by Andy Balaskovitz

Clean energy advocates say the automotive capital of the world could be doing more to support the growth of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of July 24, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A new University of Minnesota report indicates that building solar arrays with batteries is more cost effective than building traditional power plants, we check in on the status of California’s net metering legislation, and a growing coalition of U.S. cities, states and businesses pledges to measure energy emissions in defiance of the Paris Accords withdrawal.

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive markets.

We’ll detail examples of each of these three disturbing trends, and ways to fight back.