Video: The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy – CommonBound 2016 Conference

placeholderOn July 9, John Farrell spoke to a group at the CommonBound 2016 Conference. The conference brought hundreds of leaders together to share “visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change” in areas such as energy policy and economic justice.

Video: Choices Within Monopoly – A Grid of the Future Conversation with Jon Wellinghoff

placeholderIn November 2015, Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the grid of the future. In particular, he addressed the issue of giving customers meaningful choices within a monopoly grid model, present in Minnesota and 34 other states.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of July 25, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Hawaii’s energy regulators reject the proposed merger with electric monopoly, NextEra Energy; community solar continues to spread throughout Colorado, and Minnesota decides to use the value of solar determination for community solar projects.

What is “roofless” solar?

Our volunteer group advocates for clean local solar energy.  Being able to generate energy from rooftop solar, in the location where you consume the energy, is an ideal solution.  However, it might not always be possible. The concept of “community solar” or “roofless” solar is proving to be the next best thing. While the availability of community solar options has been expanding across many states, it is only now becoming available in Texas.  Below is the recent story from one of our volunteers in Plano.

What if…Your Electric Utility Was a Benefit Corporation?

The misunderstandings that from time to time occur between communities and the managers of electric-lighting companies will, to my mind, disappear entirely if the relations between the two are correctly founded on the basis of public control, with corresponding protection to the corporations operating this industry.

California Weighs Fair Pricing for Distributed, Centralized Energy

This article published with the substantial assistance of ILSR intern, McKenna Eckerline.

Everyone hates paying for something that they don’t use (how many cable channels do you have?). In California, local electricity customers may finally get satisfaction about paying for the transmission grid capacity that they don’t use.

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q1 2016)

placeholderIt all comes down to the money.

Discord over compensation for solar customers and utilities alike bled into the first part of the year, extending a long-running debate over the best ways to integrate solar power and — thanks to a few hard-line policy moves — threatening to hold back growth in the solar marketplace.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of July 11, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy:

Updates on Hawaii and Colorado’s renewable energy journey, a new FERC decision that could open up greater renewable energy for municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives, and a new Illinois poll on demand charges.

Featured Stories

Are Rural Electric Cooperatives driving or just dabbling in community solar? by John Farrell, CleanTechnica