Amid EV Surge, Austin Eyes a New Way of Doing Business — Episode 48 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Improving battery life and safety standards place electric vehicles and self-driving cars closer than ever to the mainstream, and the City of Austin is laying plans to capitalize on the transition.

Video: Choosing the Electric Avenue, Electric Vehicles Webinar

On June 21st, John Farrell delivered a webinar presentation discussing the findings of our most recent energy report, Choosing the Electric Avenue – Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles.

Boulder County Incentive Program Drives Adoption of Two ‘Sexy Electrics’: Solar and Electric Cars — Episode 47 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

An innovative group purchasing program in Boulder County, Colorado, put hundreds of electric vehicles on local roads and sparked the addition of more than 1 megawatt of rooftop solar in its first two years. Now, the initiative is a springboard for efforts nationwide to allow consumers to seize control of their clean energy future.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of June 12, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

We check in on the status of Nevada’s net metering legislation, Kansas City leads the U.S. in Electric Vehicle adoption, and the U.S. solar market remains on a strong upward trajectory.

Featured Stories:

Energy Democracy: Customer Control Over Renewable Energy — Episode 3 Of The Building Local Power Podcast by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

Microgrid Knowledge – June 12, 2017

Written by Elisa Wood

Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today.

That will change, however, as consumers buy more EVs, and those EVs prove valuable not only as transportation vehicles but as worker bees for the electric grid. …

Will All New Vehicles Be Electric By 2030? One Expert Says Yes — Episode 46 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Is the U.S. on the cusp of a clean energy revolution that will fundamentally change how we live, work, and get around?

Working Together, Small Solar Firms Compete With Big-Name Rivals — Episode 45 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Fast-improving technology and growing consumer interest continue to put momentum behind the clean energy transition. Unlike utilities and other industry players that have largely ignored growth opportunities as market dynamics shift, a coalition of independent solar companies is harnessing its combined power to command more influence in the marketplace.

How States and Cities Can Unlock Local Clean Energy

Yesterday’s news about the Paris Climate Accords has provoked a groundswell of commitments for local action on climate change. But what can cities actually do in the absence of federal support?

A lot.

In fact, with the help of states, cities have many avenues to boost their economies and drive down energy costs with local clean power. We’re sharing a preview of our Building Local Power Policy Agenda for energy today, inspired by the outpouring of support in the past 24 hours.

The Monopolist’s Playbook: Strategies To Retain Overwhelming Economic Power – Episode 21 of the Building Local Power Podcast

This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing how concentrated economic power responds to communities that are supporting their own local economies. Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer discusses how these corporations fight against local communities with a number of ILSR’s experts.