Is New York’s “Compromise” the Future for Net Metering?

Across the country, utilities are battling their customers over solar, and typically trying to undermine customers that want to cut their energy bills by installing solar arrays.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of August 8, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

The unstoppable march towards rooftop solar, the difference between our political parties’ views on renewable energy, and a plan to help Connecticut farmers to earn income from solar.

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City Power Play Report: Part 1 – Municipal Utilities by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Picking Up PACE After New Federal Guidance

A promising energy efficiency program could get closer to reaching its massive potential after a federal policy tweak that tempers lenders’ concerns to allow more homeowners to cash in.

Video: The Coming of Energy Democracy – Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

placeholderOn June 17, John Farrell delivered a keynote address to the annual Midwest Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart policies can lead to the downfall of the monopoly electric utility.

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.