Last Week in ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States

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Last week we prepped for the upcoming election by outlining several local and state clean energy ballot initiatives. We’re particularly watching Portland’s Clean Energy Initiative as well as the anti-monopoly Question 3 in Nevada.

Also, along with our monthly update on Minnesota reaching 445 megawatts of community solar, the state’s regulators recently agreed to add a bonus payment for residential subscribers. Will it be enough to offset the falling value of solar?

Keep your energy local (and VOTE!),

P.S. Speaking of elections, you may also like this piece on why rural internet access is a big election issue in Maine this November.

Local Clean Energy on the Ballot this November

In early November, millions will go to the polls to cast votes in this year’s midterm elections. In addition to electing candidates, some voters have a unique opportunity to directly shape their local energy system.


Minnesota Regulators Give Boost to Residential Community Solar

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a 1.5-cent adder to the per-kilowatt-hour compensation offered to residential subscribers of community solar projects offered in Xcel Energy territory in Minnesota.
A switch in compensation method in 2018  left advocates concerned that residential subscribers would be left out. The Commission’s decision gives hope that residential participation will continue.


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 445 megawatts of operational capacity in October 2018. In breaking news, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved an adder to compensation rates for residential subscribers earlier this month, boosting subscriptions.