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Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of November 28, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

With national energy policy stagnant (for the moment) states and cities are taking the lead in growing distributed generation and renewable energy such as new 100% renewable commitments in St. Petersburg, Florida and newly approved renewable projects in Greater Minnesota.

Featured Stories:

Why is green pricing a premium when wind power is cheap? by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Amid Murky Energy Outlook, Some Reasons To Be Thankful [Infographic]

placeholderWithout a clear policy plan from President-Elect Donald Trump, the nation’s energy future hangs in the balance. But in a year that saw an influx of state-level ballot initiatives targeting action in the energy sector, a murky (or hostile) federal landscape will only deepen calls for action in statehouses and city halls.

In New England, Cooperative Values Drive Solar Growth – Episode 41 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

New England offers some of the nation’s biggest incentives for renewable energy generation, but high upfront costs and complicated financing mean many residents are still missing out on the opportunity to go solar. But one cooperative, with a series of pioneering programs, is beginning to change that.

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.

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

placeholderUpdate 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 November 14, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Battles abound over energy policy across the United States, small town renewable energy builds local communities, and new interstate highway electric vehicle infrastructure proposed.

Featured Stories

Being Black still a barrier to rural cooperative board membership by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

As Trump Heads to White House, Lack of Actual Policy Threatens U.S. Energy Future

The U.S. energy economy faces unprecedented pressure to integrate clean and renewable fuel sources like wind and solar, but after a distracting 2016 presidential campaign sidelined energy policy, troubling and untenable gaps in the president-elect’s strategy remain unchecked.

Webinar: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? – Register Now

On Monday, December 5th from 12:00-1:00PM CST, John Farrell will be delivering a webinar, titled “Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?

Conventional wisdom suggest the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who owns them, matters more.

San Francisco Strides Toward an All-Renewable Future

placeholderTwo key moves this year will propel San Francisco’s toward an all-renewable electricity mix by 2030, potentially making the city — the 13th largest in the nation — a model for others eyeing a similar transition.

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