WV Sun and Community Power Network Building Solar Co-ops in Union and Fayetteville, More to Come

Community solar co-operatives have come to WV.  Co-op buying from a single installer reduces the price of individual systems about 25%.  WV Sun, the WV branch of the Community Power Network, have organized the first two solar co-ops in WV in Union, in Monroe County and in Fayetteville in Fayette County.  27 households will be getting new systems through the Fayette County co-op and a similar number of families are going solar through the Monroe County co-op.

Renewable Electric Power in Denmark

Denmark’s renewable energy journey began with a commitment to wean its economy off oil in the 1970s.  That commitment has evolved into a series of what Danes call “Energy Agreements” that represent legislative targets for various sectors of the nation’s energy economy.  Here is the Danish Energy Agency’s summary of the 2012 Energy Agreement in its latest publication on Danish energy policy:

REPORT: An Alternative Grid Model for Minneapolis

This short report shares the results of advanced electricity system modeling for the city of Minneapolis, revealing an opportunity to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a comparable cost of power and to dramatically boost renewable energy production at a modestly higher price.

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District Heating, the Secret to Denmark’s Success

Here in the US, when we think about reducing the use of fossil fuels, we think in terms of fancy renewable power technologies.  This was not where Denmark started its dramatic energy transformation back in the 1980s.

Here is the technology that is the backbone of Denmark’s energy system -


Will Clean Local Energy Grow? A Novel City-Utility Partnership Sprouts in Minneapolis

Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, next Monday the Minneapolis City Council makes a monumental decision on another way forward to a better energy future. On the table is a novel partnership between the city and Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to meet the city’s ambitious equity, energy and environmental goals.

A Scared Dominion and Other Utilities Walk Out of East VA Solar Value Committee

East Virginia has a terrible record when it comes to renewable power.  The state legislature allows electric companies to impose punitive “stand by” charges on renewable power producers.  AEP’s Appalachian Power Company, which also controls about half of WV’s electrical system, has imposed monthly fees on solar power producers

Denmark Posts Coming

I just got back from a 9 day trip to Denmark, where I got to see how an advanced industrial nation runs a modern electrical system.  As the US falls further and further behind these advanced countries, we have a lot to learn from them.

FirstEnergy Hits OH Rate Payers with Higher Priced Electricity

Here’s the story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

FirstEnergy is abolishing most of its Ohio consumer and business energy efficiency programs by the end of the year — on the grounds that the elimination will lower monthly electric bills.

REPORT: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local!

Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands.

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