Energy and Policy Institute Exposes Three Ways Electric Utilities Stomp Innovation and Competition

If you work to secure Americans’ rights to solar energy or to accelerate the deployment of inexpensive renewable energy, you understand that not everyone is in favor. In particular, incumbent electric utilities tend to oppose competition in their (often monopoly) share of the electricity market.

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

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of August 7, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report reveals that as of last month, the majority of states have set energy efficiency goals, we check up on the state of Michigan’s electric vehicle policies, and Chattanooga’s municipal electric utility, EPB, makes strides with its new community solar project.


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Zero is the Hero: Zero Net Energy Buildings Reach New Communities, Promising Savings, and Renewable Energy

As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city leaders, regulators, and individuals nationwide.

In ‘automotive capital of the world,’ critics say electric vehicle policy is lagging

Midwest Energy News – July 31, 2017

Written by Andy Balaskovitz

Clean energy advocates say the automotive capital of the world could be doing more to support the growth of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.

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.

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.

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