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Updated: States Supporting Virtual Net Metering

Net metering is a common distributed renewable energy policy in the United States, allowing individuals to “turn back” their meter (and reduce their electric bill) by generating on-site electricity. But utility accounting systems typically prevent people from sharing the output from a single, common solar or wind project.

A Plan B for Every Monopoly Electric Utility?

Electric companies seemingly face a business “death spiral” because the 20th century rules for the electric grid make it a challenge to address stagnant energy demand and competition from energy-producing customers.

Top 10 Reasons to Support Community Power

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Building local equity is the key to campaigns for 100% renewable energy, giving everyone a chance to own a piece of their energy future.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of October 19, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

Hawai’i ends its Net Metering program, approves new rooftop solar programs.

Ohio has permanently frozen clean energy implementation in the state, to the ire of most Ohioans.

Socio-economic divides persist in solar energy, but the situation is improving.

Featured Stories:

In Solar Energy, it’s the haves and the have-nots by Monica Martinez, InsideSources

Considerations When Contemplating Energy Savings "bundles"

Proper combinations of rooftop solar PV installations and energy efficiency upgrades can yield some great long term benefits. However, when combining these "bundles" with a single company, extra steps and cautions may be needed.

Hawaii’s Net Metering Alternative Comes Up (Way) Short

placeholderEarlier this week, the Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii approved the proposal of the islands’ largest utility to end net metering for solar customers.

UPDATE: Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

placeholderNeed evidence that utilities are fighting back against their customer’s desire to generate their own power? This map shows where policies like net metering are undermining the ability of utility customers to exercise their desire for self-reliance.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of October 12, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

Iowa is creating their state energy plan that focuses on renewables and efficiency.

Minnesota solar advocates fight Xcel Energy on stalled community solar projects.

Distributed generation technology is getting much easier to purchase.

Featured Stories:

Wind and solar keep getting cheaper and cheaper by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post

REPORT: Hawai’i at the Energy Crossroads

UNDER THE SPECTER OF A MAINLAND UTILITY TAKEOVER, ISLANDERS MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN A LEGACY OF LARGE CENTRALIZED POWER OR A BURGEONING NETWORK OF DISTRIBUTED ENERGY

Matt Grimley and John Farrell

October 2015

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Did FERC Just Smash the Biggest Roadblock to Clean, Local Power for Electric Co-ops?

Because they only sell 11% of the country’s electricity and they largely overlap politically conservative areas, electric cooperatives are often the forgotten stepchild of the clean energy movement. But with 7 of the top 10 dirtiest power systems (as measured by carbon intensity) and territory that overlaps some of the best renewable energy resources in the country, electric cooperatives are ripe for revolution.

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