The New 1,600 MW Solar Program for Massachusetts Really is SMART

With nearly 1500 megawatts, Massachusetts has the seventh-greatest solar energy capacity in the country, enough to power a quarter-million homes. It has the second-most solar jobs, with over 14,500. Already in a leading position, Massachusetts in January developed a new incentive program to double its solar capacity to over 3 gigawatts.

Video: Transitioning Co-ops Away From Coal

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Getting the Price Right for Local Wind and Solar

A federal policy enacted nearly 40 years ago has breathed life into an ongoing argument at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over utility opposition to a wind-solar hybrid project proposed in the rural city of Red Lake Falls.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of April 3, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton vetoes legislation that would have removed oversight for rural cooperatives, saving rural solar, plus a story of how Floridians defeated the controversial solar amendment during last year’s election.

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How solar advocates defeated a controversial amendment by Eileen Mignoni, Yale Climate Connections Blog

Rural Solar At Risk As Co-ops Push for Less Oversight

Minnesota’s governor recently vetoed anti-renewables legislation that threatens rural solar development, but the bill’s likely resurgence means the state remains among a growing crop of Midwestern states facing the prospect of heavy-handed limitations on solar growth.

Unlocking Universal Access to Community Solar

Community solar development is growing nationwide as utilities, recognizing market demand, think bigger than pilot-scale projects. A recent forecast from Greentech Media Research predicted 410 megawatts (MW) of community solar will be installed this year — nearly double the 218 MW that went online in 2016.

John Farrell Debates in Favor of Distributed Solar at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

On February 13, ILSR’s John Farrell participated in a debate on the value of small-scale distributed generation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Washington, D.C. with utility-scale renewable energy advocate Brian Potts.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of March 20, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

We get a run-down on what Xcel Energy has been doing at the Minnesota state legislature and beyond, how rural Alaska can teach the mainland about renewable energy, and why solar energy on farms is an important new cash crop for farmers.

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Is New York’s “compromise” the future for net metering? by John Farrell, CleanTechnica