Short-Sighted Utility Stymies Solar in Milwaukee

placeholderBack in 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized Milwaukee as a budding leader in the movement to promote solar power at the local level. Nearly a decade later, the city’s success in promoting solar remains handcuffed by an investor-owned utility fighting progress in favor of the status quo.

In Maryland, Community Solar Pioneers Offer Blueprint

placeholderA pair of rooftop solar arrays in Maryland spotlight how pioneering communities can pool their resources to expand local access to renewable energy. These “community solar” projects are an increasingly popular approach as electricity customers renounce utilities’ reliance on fossil fuel and look for ways to cut their energy costs.

San Diego Sets Vision, Vets Options for 100% Renewables

placeholderLate last year, San Diego set a landmark goal that made it the largest U.S. city to target a 100% renewable electricity mix over the next two decades. But as the pact’s first anniversary approaches, big questions loom over how exactly San Diego will hit the ambitious benchmark.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of October 3, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A Q&A with Detroit energy/climate activists, the state of energy policies at the ballot in 2016, and praising South Sioux City, NE for their diverse renewable energy portfolio.

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Not just illegal, targeting solar facilities with fees is also poor policy by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Want to Subscribe to our Building Local Power Podcast? Here’s How

placeholderIn case you missed it, we launched a new podcast series last week. It’s called “Building Local Power” and it tells the story of how we at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, with our strong allies, are working to break the chains of monopoly power in all sectors of our economy and build local economies.

There are many different ways to listen to our podcast, including:

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of September 19, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Nevada ratepayers (finally) ruled to qualify for grandfathered solar rates, Colorado cooperative is buying renewable energy, and a new solar project in Morocco comes under criticism for transmission and scale concerns.

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John Farrell’s keynote presentation at Salt Spring Community Energy Conference (Video) by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Aggregate Net Metering – Rules

placeholderIn nearly every state, an electric customer can offset their own energy consumption with on-site power generation, such as a solar panel.

But for larger electric customers, net metering has a hitch.

Reviewing Two Years of a Novel City-Utility Partnership

The first-in-the-nation Clean Energy Partnership has reached the end of its first two-year work plan and has gathered a lot of baseline data. But is it successful?

As expected, it’s hard to tell.  The first work plan wasn’t adopted until well into the first year of the Partnership (2015), and a lot of existing utility and city initiatives around energy complicated evaluation. Furthermore, the work plan items were grouped by target population, rather than the goals and targets of the Partnership.

At the Two-Year Mark, a Few Lessons from the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership – Episode 40 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Minneapolis garnered national attention when it formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with local utilities to advance sustainable, efficient energy policy. Now, as communities across the U.S. increasingly push for influence over their energy futures, the Midwestern city offers a blueprint for what works and a taste of the challenges that come with cooperation.