Broadly Sharing the Benefits of “Decarbonization”

Last summer I saw a presentation on “deep decarbonization” that outlined necessary changes in the U.S. economy in order to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation was fascinating, offering some very specific elements to focus our attention. For example, the following graphic shows the average number of replacements for various infrastructure types prior to the typical deadline of 2050. A hot water heater might be swapped three times by 2050, providing several opportunities to make it more efficient or switch its fuel source.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of January 9, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

GreenTech Media ranked the states most friendly to solar, the fight for proper valuation of solar energy continues in Montana and Maine, and Iowa’s latest energy plan promotes the vast potential of renewable energy of all stripes in their state.

Energy Democracy, 2016 in Review

While 2016 was a turbulent year in our government, the goals and values we hold at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and in the Energy Democracy initiative remain steadfast.

New Year’s Resolutions for Electric Utilities, Happy 2017!

The turn of the year is a perfect time for monopoly electric utilities nationwide to reflect on their substandard policies and embrace changes that will bring cleaner, more affordable energy to their customers. By finally committing to truly support distributed generation and renewables, these utilities can ensure their customers will have the choice and freedom they deserve in an evolving energy economy.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of December 26, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A large energy bill passed Michigan, Arizona de-valued solar power, and much more excitement in this year-end Energy Democracy media roundup!

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Arizona vote puts an end to net metering to solar customers by Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media

Dear Santa…ILSR’s Federal Energy Policy Wish List

A new administration critical of clean energy imposes vast uncertainty on a U.S. energy sector that in recent years has tiptoed toward greater local control and increased renewable energy generation. This year, our federal policy wish list includes a series of items that would keep up the trend and deliver economic benefits to communities nationwide.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of December 12, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Rural Minnesota communities are finding the value of renewable energy, the city of Boulder is committing to 100% renewable energy, and a reexamination of citizen energy initiatives in spite of monopoly utility’s opposition.

Featured Stories

To lease or to own your solar array (infographic) by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Video: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? Webinar

placeholderplaceholderOn December 5th, John Farrell delivered a webinar presentation detailing the findings of our recent report, Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? In this presentation, Farrell discusses how conventional wisdom sugge