Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of July 24, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A new University of Minnesota report indicates that building solar arrays with batteries is more cost effective than building traditional power plants, we check in on the status of California’s net metering legislation, and a growing coalition of U.S. cities, states and businesses pledges to measure energy emissions in defiance of the Paris Accords withdrawal.

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive markets.

We’ll detail examples of each of these three disturbing trends, and ways to fight back.

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Update November 2016: From now on, we’ll keep the most recent data on the program’s development in this post

Recording: Energy Democracy – A Response to Trump’s Climate Wrecking Agenda

On Thursday, July 13th, John Farrell participated in a phone call with Anya Schoolman of the Community Power Network detailing the future of renewable energy under the new Trump administration. Farrell addressed the tools that communities have to take control of their energy future, regardless of whether the federal government is a clean energy friend or foe.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of July 10, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A new Bloomberg report has electric vehicles projected to become mainstream by 2040, we check in on the status of Michigan’s rooftop solar industry, and nationwide, U.S. mayors are rallying to commit to Paris Agreement standards.

Featured Stories:

Electric Cars Will Outsell Gas Competitors by 2040, BNEF Says by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News

Slow-to-Accelerate EV Charging Program Provides Lessons for Improvement

Minnesota’s largest investor-owned utility, Xcel Energy, last month reported sparse participation in a program designed to deliver value to customers who charge their electric vehicles when it’s most convenient for the grid. But despite its benefits for the grid and cost savings for customers, the initiative appears stuck in neutral.

Declare Energy Independence with Solar (Just Shop Around First) — Episode 49 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The combination of falling prices and rising interest put rooftop solar on a strong trajectory. But even as solar goes mainstream, it’s tough for consumers to tell which installer, which panels, and which financing is right for them.

Independence & Local Self-Reliance

Here at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we advocate for independence in a variety of forms. From strengthening the status of independent businesses in the economy to encouraging local governments to break free from monopoly Internet Service Providers and invest in their communities’ connectivity, independence is vital for small-scale, local economies. That’s why, in honor of Independence Day 2017, we’ve gathered resources from across our work that you can delve into during this long weekend.

Reminder: The Fight for 100 Percent Renewable is Political

As an increasing number of cities across the U.S. pledge their commitment to purchase 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming decades, some researchers questioned the feasibility of such energy policies.