As Trump Heads to White House, Lack of Actual Policy Threatens U.S. Energy Future

The U.S. energy economy faces unprecedented pressure to integrate clean and renewable fuel sources like wind and solar, but after a distracting 2016 presidential campaign sidelined energy policy, troubling and untenable gaps in the president-elect’s strategy remain unchecked.

Webinar: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? – Register Now

On Monday, December 5th from 12:00-1:00PM CST, John Farrell will be delivering a webinar, titled “Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?

Conventional wisdom suggest the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who owns them, matters more.

San Francisco Strides Toward an All-Renewable Future

placeholderTwo key moves this year will propel San Francisco’s toward an all-renewable electricity mix by 2030, potentially making the city — the 13th largest in the nation — a model for others eyeing a similar transition.

Grassroots Group Promotes Local Alternatives to Wisconsin Utilities’ Big Ticket Spending

placeholderWisconsin’s coal-reliant utilities remain cool to wind and solar despite mounting enthusiasm for renewables. This intransigence places them squarely in the crosshairs of one grassroots group leveraging support from customers and policymakers in order to realign the state’s energy economy with the public good.

Messy Battles Over Energy Are on Ballot Across States

Bloomberg Markets – November 1, 2016

by Ari Natter & Mark Chediak

As if choosing the next president of the U.S. wasn’t confusing enough, states from Nevada to Florida have energy measures on the ballot this year that have left many voters befuddled.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of October 31, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Ballot initiatives in Florida and Nevada end up on different sides of the solar divide, Arizona’s public utilities commissioners are up for re-election (as is the future of the state’s renewable future), and our answer to Ken Bone’s energy question is republished.

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Why going local makes sense for the clean energy transition by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

A Massachusetts Co-op Makes A Powerful Vintage

placeholderFor more than five years, Vineyard Power Cooperative has provided electricity customers living in one of Massachusetts’ best-known island communities the chance to buy into an energy future that favors renewables and bolsters their local economy.

Video: Mighty Microgrids – BioCycle REFOR16 Presentation

placeholderOn October 18th, John Farrell delivered a keynote presentation to the annual gathering of the BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling (REFOR16) in Orlando, Florida.

RePower Madison Challenges Old Electric Monopoly Model

placeholderAn unconventional approach to grassroots organizing in Wisconsin’s capital city has in recent years tipped incumbent utility Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) toward policies that favor consumers and renewables, a distinct shift in a state held back for years by entrenched monopolies with outdated business plans.