Energy Self-Reliant States Weekly: Proposed Solar Standard is Cheap Compared to Minnesota Utilities’ Rate Increases

Jay Owen Green Prosperity

I wonder why Xcel Energy ignores solar when it asks ratepayers to finance 3 new natural gas plants for new peaking capacity in Minnesota, I interview Brian Minish about the remarkable 600-owner South Dakota Wind Partners community wind project, and Minnesota utilities fail to mention that the 1.33% rate hike proposed in the solar …

Energy Self-Reliant States Weekly: A Local Solar Energy Standard for Minnesota

Jay Owen Resource Efficiency

Here’s a short presentation about a Minnesota 10% solar energy standard coming up soon for discussion in the state legislature, with a financing mechanism that looks a lot like a CLEAN Program.  Greentechmedia also has an article about the proposed legislation (I was the primary source). Sincerely, John A Local Solar Energy Standard for …

Last Week from ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States

Jay Owen Green Prosperity

I recognized a lot of you in attendance at the Community Renewable Energy webinar last Tuesday.  If you missed it (or want to refresh your memory), an audio slideshow and the downloadable slides of 5 barriers to community renewable energy is available. We’ve also got another new podcast, featuring a discussion of Gainesville’s …

Last Week from ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States

Jay Owen Green Prosperity

Coming to you from the distributed energy guru   I wonder why Xcel Energy ignores solar when it asks ratepayers to finance 3 new natural gas plants for new peaking capacity in Minnesota, I interview Brian Minish about the remarkable 600-owner South Dakota Wind Partners community wind project, and Minnesota utilities fail to mention that the …

Community-Owned Transmission?

Jay Owen Community Development Solutions, Resource Efficiency

Community-Owned Transmission? | Written byJohn Farrell |No Comments | Updated onNov 15, 2012 Share on linkedinShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailMore Sharing Services10 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-owned-transmission/ The enormous growth in local renewable energy is decentralizing the electricity system, often supplanting …

Last Week from ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States: A Local Solar Energy Standard for Minnesota

Jay Owen Resource Efficiency

10% solar for Minnesota? Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Here’s a short presentation about a Minnesota 10% solar energy standard coming up soon for discussion in the state legislature, with a financing mechanism that looks a lot like a CLEAN Program.  Greentechmedia also has an article about …

Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 2

Ethical Markets Greentech

Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 2  Posted: 12 Dec 2012 07:26 PM PST Continuing on from yesterday’s “Renewable Energy Big Pic” post, here’s Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 2. As noted yesterday, this two-post series is basically a presentation I gave to a class of renewable energy graduate students this …

Who Needs Third-Party Finance? Loan Programs Offer Low-Cost Direct Ownership Opportunities

Ethical Markets Greentech

Direct ownership of solar systems offers an array of benefits generally not available to third-party finance. And new loan programs are making it easier to achieve that goal. Full Article Community Solar Shouldn’t Be this Hard by John Farrell | December 3, 2012 Sunlight falls almost anywhere, in every community. …

CSP Gains a Foothold on US East Coast

kristy Greentech

CSP Gains a Foothold on US East Coast by Elisa Wood, Contributor | September 5, 2012 | 4 Comments When people think of ideal locations for concentrating solar power, they generally envision remote and dry deserts, like the Southwest. But with its Martin Solar Energy Center, Florida Power & Light …