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 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 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 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published on Since rooftop solar became possible, electric utilities have struggled to incorporate it into their outdated business model.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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Voices Of 100%: Louisville’s Clean Energy Pledge Takes On Multiple Crises

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 23:19:35 +0000

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Brandon Coan and Gretchen Milliken. Coan, who helped draft Louisville’s 100% renewable resolution, is a Metro Councilman for the region and Milliken is Director of Advanced Planning and Sustainability

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The Other 2020 Elections: Communities Put Clean, Renewable Energy On The Ballot

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 16:35:10 +0000

Here’s a brief overview of several ballot measures illustrating how cities are moving at a rapid pace creating new funding to support local clean energy, and that clean energy has a much broader appeal than either political party

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Optimistic Pueblo Is Outspent In First Attempt At Utility Takeover

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 20:08:30 +0000

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jamie Valdez about Pueblo, Colorado’s efforts to municipalize. In its push for 100% renewable energy, Pueblo went head to head with a power monopoly and has learned the heavy costs of facing a utility giant. Valdez offers up Pueblo’s story to other municipalization efforts nationwide and speaks of the hope the movement still has

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Report: 47 US States Could Meet 100% Of Electricity Needs Using In-State Renewables

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:45:13 +0000

If each US state took full advantage of its renewable resources, how much electricity would it produce? How much of its own electricity consumption could renewable energy fulfill? Would in-state renewable generation be enough to charge electric vehicles and power electric heating, too? The answer, in almost every state, is a resounding yes

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