Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of December 21, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

US distributed solar capacity continues to grow.

Maryland proposes growing state levels of renewable energy.

Distributed generation crosses party lines in rural Nebraska.

Featured Stories

The North Carolina town that’s scared of solar panels, revisited by David Roberts, Vox

Don’t Take the Bait: Exelon’s Feeding Frenzy Won’t Stop with Pepco

Exelon, a monopoly electric utility and the nation’s largest nuclear power generator, made a $6.8 billion offer to purchase Pepco, Washington D.C.’s electric utility in April of 2014.

Don’t Take the Bait: Exelon’s Ambitions Go Beyond D.C.’s Power – Episode 28 of Local Energy Rules

In April 2014, Exelon, the nation’s largest nuclear power generator, made a $6.8 billion offer for Washington D.C.-based Pepco. Exelon – which already owns Illinois ComEd and Baltimore G&E – would become the largest electric utility in the country, with nearly 10 million customers.

Video: Can Energy Democracy Energize the “Good Life” in Nebraska?

placeholderThe following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell, this year’s keynote speaker at the Sierra Club of Nebraska’s Annual Event on November 21st, 2015.  The presentation illustrates the march towards energy democracy by highlighting the spread of affordable distributed energy resources (such as wind and solar) and the intense press

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update

Renewable energy continues to dominate new power plant capacity and distributed generation has contributed an increasingly large share. We’ve been tracking this phenomenon since April of 2014, and, finally, the Energy Information Administration has recognized the prevalence of distributed solar and is going to report estimates of this added capacity in their monthly updates. This is a big victory for tracking an individually-small but collectively-large power resource!

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of December 7, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

Tea Party leader champions solar energy in Florida.

Energy fixed-charges rise in Omaha, so does the pitch of opposition.

Rooftop solar reaches such a prevalence that it is now being tracked by the Energy Information Administration.

Featured Stories:

It’s not doomsday, but neither is ending the Solar Tax Credit good policy by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of November 23, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

The Solar Investment Tax Credit may expire but the sun won’t necessarily be setting on solar.

Overwhelming majority in Hawaii supports rooftop solar.

Minnesota group worries community solar projects won’t kick in until tax credit expires, thanks to Xcel Energy.

It’s not Doomsday, but Neither is Ending the Solar Tax Credit Good Policy

I took the “no” side in a point/counterpoint in the Wall Street Journal this week on the topic: Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away? It’s been a great conversation-starter, but also an opportunity to clarify ILSR’s position on the tax credit extension.

Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away?

Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2015

What’s going to happen when a huge incentive to invest in solar power shrinks or vanishes?

At the end of next year, the 30% investment tax credit for solar and other renewable power is set to expire for residential systems and plunge to 10% for commercial installations. Boosters are calling for Congress to extend the credit in its current form.