Competition and Freedom at Stake – Episode 37 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Incentives designed to make rooftop solar feasible for a wider range of consumers are under attack nationwide, threatening new solar development as well as the consumers that already have rooftop panels. The staunchest opponents? Utilities who say, despite a growing body of research to the contrary, that rooftop solar hurts other ratepayers and their bottom lines.

Utilities Strip Consumers’ Control Over Energy Bills – Episode 36 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

A surge of interest in residential solar arrays threatens traditional utilities’ outdated business model of selling more and more electricity, prompting them to adopt a controversial fee that hurts efficiency and diminishes long-range cost savings — even for themselves.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of June 27, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Regulators in Minnesota say that a nearly 10% rate hike is unjustifiable, a new Vermont energy-siting bill has been signed into law, and advocates at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair say that utility monopoly future could be dimmed.

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Energy-siting bill signed into law by Times-Argus

Local Utilities Have Lost Local Control

This post made possible by the tireless efforts of ILSR intern Abbigail Feola. She dug up the data, identified the story worth sharing, and wrote the following piece below.

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update (2016 Q1)

Solar made up over a half of the added power plant capacity during the first quarter of 2016. With over 800 MW (AC) coming from distributed solar, this year is shaping up to be another banner year for renewable energy.

Maryland Scores 3 out of 4 on Principles for a Good Community Solar Program

placeholderMaryland is the latest state to adopt a community solar program, and a review of the program rules shows that the state is serious about getting community solar right. It meets at least 3 of the 4 principles for a good program from our Beyond Sharing report on community renewable energy.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – June 13

This week in Energy Democracy news:

An Atlantic reporter explores how (easily) solar panels are installed, Madison adopts a carbon emissions plan, and Boulder city officials discuss municipalization with Xcel Energy.

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Madison adopts plan to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Presentation: Re-Member-ing the Electric Cooperative

placeholderIn March of 2016, we published a report on the state of rural electric cooperatives in the current electricity market: Re-Member-ing the Electric Cooperative. Below you will find our newly developed presentation based on this report.

To Lease or To Own Your Solar Array (Infographic)

placeholderIs owning your solar array your best option, or is leasing right for you? Along with our existing Solar Calculators (both complex and simplified), we have this new infographic.