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The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

Maria McCoy

February 24, 2022

Communities can do a lot to advance energy democracy, but some of their options depend on state policy. This annual scorecard from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative grades states on whether their policies help or hinder local clean energy action.  READ MORE


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When a Win is a Win, and a Loss is a Lesson — Episode 162 of Local Energy Rules

When a Win is a Win, and a Loss is a Lesson — Episode 162 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

August 3, 2022

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, co-hosts Luke Gannon and Reggie Rucker ask John Farrell about an upcoming podcast series, “The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.” This episode is rebroadcast from Building Local Power.  READ MORE


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Why Minnesota's Community Solar Program is the Best

John Farrell

July 26, 2022

Minnesota's community solar program reached 840 megawatts in July 2022, enough to power more than 100,000 homes each year or about as much capacity as a typical nuclear power plant!  READ MORE


The Member Campaigns Behind a Colorado Co-op’s Evolution — Episode 161 of Local Energy Rules

The Member Campaigns Behind a Colorado Co-op’s Evolution — Episode 161 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

July 20, 2022

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Kevin Williams discuss how cooperative member-owners mobilized and campaigned for transparency, flexibility, and affordability from Delta Montrose Electric Cooperative.  READ MORE


New Jersey’s Community Solar Program

New Jersey’s Community Solar Program

Mckenzie Diep

July 13, 2022

New Jersey legislators created a Community Solar Energy Pilot Program in 2018, and due to its rapid success, moved to make the program permanent in 2021. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional New Jersey community solar resources.  READ MORE


San Antonio Report (Opinion): How we’re making San Antonio hotter — and how we can help cool it down

San Antonio Report (Opinion): How we’re making San Antonio hotter — and how we can help cool it down

Reggie Rucker

July 9, 2022

Bill Barker cites Institute for Local Self-Reliance research on the potential usefulness of water pipes as a replacement for dirty energy utilities among the creative solutions available to mitigate the harms modern comforts introduce to a heating planet.  READ MORE