Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of September 19, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Nevada ratepayers (finally) ruled to qualify for grandfathered solar rates, Colorado cooperative is buying renewable energy, and a new solar project in Morocco comes under criticism for transmission and scale concerns.

Featured Stories

John Farrell’s keynote presentation at Salt Spring Community Energy Conference (Video) by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Aggregate Net Metering – Rules

placeholderIn nearly every state, an electric customer can offset their own energy consumption with on-site power generation, such as a solar panel.

But for larger electric customers, net metering has a hitch.

Reviewing Two Years of a Novel City-Utility Partnership

The first-in-the-nation Clean Energy Partnership has reached the end of its first two-year work plan and has gathered a lot of baseline data. But is it successful?

As expected, it’s hard to tell.  The first work plan wasn’t adopted until well into the first year of the Partnership (2015), and a lot of existing utility and city initiatives around energy complicated evaluation. Furthermore, the work plan items were grouped by target population, rather than the goals and targets of the Partnership.

At the Two-Year Mark, Key Takeaways from the Clean Energy Partnership – Episode 40 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Minneapolis garnered national attention when it formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with local utilities to advance sustainable, efficient energy policy. Now, as communities across the U.S. increasingly push for influence over their energy futures, the Midwestern city offers a blueprint for what works and a taste of the challenges that come with cooperation.

New Mapping Tool Showcases Clean Energy Policies and Projects

Midwest Energy News – September 16, 2016

by Frank Jossi

A new state “community power” mapping tool released this month gives policymakers and activists a national scorecard on state and local clean energy initiatives.

Could A 40-Year-Old Law Let More Customers “Exit” the Grid?

As state regulators restricted the ability of home and business owners in Nevada to receive sufficient compensation for solar on their rooftops, some large companies started looking towards other options.

In Santa Fe, Momentum Builds for Locals to Take Charge of Electricity System – Episode 39 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

A widening chasm between what customers want and what Santa Fe’s electric utility delivers is bolstering a campaign to rejigger power production and distribution, possibly putting the city itself in charge.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of September 6, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Florida voters pass a property tax exemption for renewable energy, Minnesota churches are installing solar in record numbers, and new research proves that the Eastern U.S. can handle more renewable energy than previously thought.

Featured Stories:

A new logo, and a definition of Energy Democracy by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Calling all architects! Help us recover from “Pointy Roof Disease”

Ok, this post is from the perspective of a rooftop solar energy advocate, but hopefully it will spark some serious discussion and eventually design changes!

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q2 2016)

States nationwide continued to adjust their solar generation policies in ways that curtail the benefits of distributed generation in the second quarter of this year, a trend that softened slightly after a harsh start to 2016.