Energy Democracy Media Roundup – March 14, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy:

The ballot fight in Florida is heating up between utility and solar-backed initiatives.

Western Wisconsin hosts a community solar garden summit, featuring John Farrell.

5 things you should know about community solar programs.

Featured Stories:

5 things you should know about community solar programs by Natacha Kiler, UtilityDive

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update (2015 Q4)

It was the biggest quarter ever for solar, which supplied one-third of over 7.3 gigawatts of new power plant capacity added to the grid. Distributed solar kept pace, with 832 megawatts (AC) added in the last three months of 2015!

Are Rural Electric Cooperatives Driving or Just Dabbling in Community Solar?

Electric cooperatives, member-owned organizations that sell electricity to those within their service area, are perhaps the nation’s largest group of utilities that could champion clean, local power. They tend to cover enormous swaths of the most rural territory, often with excellent wind and solar resources.

PODCAST: Microgrids and Regulation with Chris Villarreal – Episode 30 of Local Energy Rules

With the release of ILSR’s new report, “Mighty Microgrids,” ILSR is releasing two podcasts with the developers and regulators of microgrids in the United States. This is the second podcast.

REPORT: Mighty Microgrids

Communities all over the country are finding ways to break the macro barriers to microgrids. As we flip from a top-down to bottom-up grid management structure, major policy barriers must be lifted in order to expand energy democracy to customers and producers.



PODCAST: Clean Coalition’s Community Microgrids – Episode 29 of Local Energy Rules

Most microgrids today are single buildings that rely on diesel generators to run when the grid is out. They’re simple backup, redundant power.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – February 29, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy: 

Palo Alto, California considers a new solar contract under $40 per megawatt hour.

Rural electric cooperatives start getting into solar.

Big Ohio utilities are prompting the ire of citizens.

Featured Stories:

FirstEnergy, AEP deals in Ohio prompt 55K protest emails by The Toledo Blade

The State(s) of Distributed Solar

placeholderWith the solar energy tax credit’s future settled by Congress, solar energy has the green light to continue expanding across the U.S. But who benefits from solar depends heavily on state policy.

Small Ohio Town to Feature Large Distributed Solar and Storage

Energy storage is the “next charge” for distributed renewable energy, and the small town of Minster, OH, provides a powerful illustration.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of February 15, 2016

This week in Democratic Energy:

Low-income residents of Colorado county get solar.

Hawaii island of Kauai hit renewable energy milestone.

The growing likelihood of consumerization of energy.


Featured Stories:

Bringing solar to low-income residents in La Plata County by Jonathan Romeo, Durango Herald