30 Million Solar Homes Initiative Promises 1.77 Million Jobs

Credit to Author: Steve Hanley| Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 12:45:11 +0000

The 30 Million Solar plan would create 1.77 million jobs and save utility customers billions.

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New York’s Community Solar Program

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 17 May 2021 20:40:37 +0000

Originally published on ILSR.org New York enabled virtual net metering in 2011 for solar, wind, and farm-based biogas systems. Virtual Net Metering allows shared-ownership groups or neighborhoods to collectively receive credits for off-site renewable energy generation — essentially allowing community solar. The state did not establish a formal community solar program until 2015, when the New York Public Service […]

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How Big Utilities’ Climate Pledges Fall Short

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 19:23:47 +0000

Originally published on ILSR.org Can a utility company be carbon neutral by 2050 if it builds a gas plant now? Maybe if it shuts off the gas plant well before its 40 years of useful life are complete, leaving electric customers to pay off millions in debt. For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host […]

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30 Times More Jobs From Rooftop Solar, Utility Filing Says

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 03 May 2021 18:05:54 +0000

Originally published at ILSR.org In late 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to discuss what infrastructure projects they had in queue that could be accelerated to support the COVID-battered economy. Tucked into a proposal from Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric company, was a comparison of two proposed […]

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Hosting Capacity Analysis Could Simplify Grid Interconnection For Distributed Energy Resources

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 17:35:31 +0000

Originally published at ilsr.org. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has required that Xcel Energy, the largest electricity provider in Minnesota, conduct annual hosting capacity analysis reports since 2016. These reports identify where the grid can accommodate additional distributed generation capacity (including rooftop and community solar) and the results are displayed on the company’s Hosting Capacity Map. Minnesota […]

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Illinois’s Community Solar Program

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:30:30 +0000

Originally published on ILSR.org In 2016, the Illinois Legislature passed the groundbreaking Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) with bipartisan support. The legislation includes strategies to make solar energy more accessible to low and moderate income communities through community solar projects, rooftop solar, and brownfield solar. Through the Illinois Shines program, the legislature created opportunities for citizens to […]

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Voices Of 100%: Hanover Residents Raise Hands For Renewable Energy

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 17:02:17 +0000

Originally published at ILSR.org Hosting an in-person community gathering may be unthinkable these days, but that is exactly how Hanover, New Hampshire endorsed its 100% renewable energy goal back in 2017: a show of hands in the high school gymnasium. For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell […]

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Much More Rooftop Solar From An Alternative To Monopoly Utility Models

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 18:35:16 +0000

Originally published on ILSR.org Since rooftop solar became possible, electric utilities have struggled to incorporate it into their outdated business model. In recent years, this lag in utility recognition has become increasingly problematic, risking the health, environmental, and financial impacts of over-investment in large fossil fuel power plants. In over 30 states, monopoly utilities submit […]

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A Solar Settlement For The Good Of The Grid

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 18:05:37 +0000

Getting electricity customer-generators the compensation they deserve has been a battle in many states. Could a settlement between the utility and solar advocates squash net metering conflict for good

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