Can Energy Democracy Energize the “Good Life” in Nebraska?

placeholderThe following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell, this year’s keynote speaker at the Sierra Club of Nebraska’s Annual Event on November 21st, 2015.  The presentation illustrates the march towards energy democracy by highlighting the spread of affordable distributed energy resources (such as wind and solar) and the intense press

It’s not Doomsday, but Neither is Ending the Solar Tax Credit Good Policy

I took the “no” side in a point/counterpoint in the Wall Street Journal this week on the topic: Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away? It’s been a great conversation-starter, but also an opportunity to clarify ILSR’s position on the tax credit extension.

Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away?

Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2015

What’s going to happen when a huge incentive to invest in solar power shrinks or vanishes?

At the end of next year, the 30% investment tax credit for solar and other renewable power is set to expire for residential systems and plunge to 10% for commercial installations. Boosters are calling for Congress to extend the credit in its current form.

Updated: States Supporting Virtual Net Metering

Net metering is a common distributed renewable energy policy in the United States, allowing individuals to “turn back” their meter (and reduce their electric bill) by generating on-site electricity. But utility accounting systems typically prevent people from sharing the output from a single, common solar or wind project.

A Plan B for Every Monopoly Electric Utility?

Electric companies seemingly face a business “death spiral” because the 20th century rules for the electric grid make it a challenge to address stagnant energy demand and competition from energy-producing customers.

Top 10 Reasons to Support Community Power


Building local equity is the key to campaigns for 100% renewable energy, giving everyone a chance to own a piece of their energy future.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of October 19, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

Hawai’i ends its Net Metering program, approves new rooftop solar programs.

Ohio has permanently frozen clean energy implementation in the state, to the ire of most Ohioans.

Socio-economic divides persist in solar energy, but the situation is improving.

Featured Stories:

In Solar Energy, it’s the haves and the have-nots by Monica Martinez, InsideSources

Considerations When Contemplating Energy Savings "bundles"

Proper combinations of rooftop solar PV installations and energy efficiency upgrades can yield some great long term benefits. However, when combining these "bundles" with a single company, extra steps and cautions may be needed.

Hawaii’s Net Metering Alternative Comes Up (Way) Short

placeholderEarlier this week, the Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii approved the proposal of the islands’ largest utility to end net metering for solar customers.

UPDATE: Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

placeholderNeed evidence that utilities are fighting back against their customer’s desire to generate their own power? This map shows where policies like net metering are undermining the ability of utility customers to exercise their desire for self-reliance.