John Farrell

John Farrell is the author of Energy Self-Reliant States and a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where he focuses on renewable energy policy.

Solar Power

Solar PV makes most sense at modest size

Benefits of smaller-scale solar operations far outweigh any potential savings from building bigger.

Gas is greener? Smearing renewables over land use exposes ignorance of fossil fuel lovers

Oregon’s solar highway. Photo: Oregon Department of TransportationA recent column in the New York Times suggested that land use is the greatest environmental problem facing new renewable energy.  While getting the facts terribly wrong, it …

Wind Power

Solving wind power's variability with more wind power

Any single wind turbine's output varies as winds go from gusty to calm. But we can outsmart nature by adding more wind sites.

Solar Power

Utilities cash in when you go solar

Net metering offers a lot to utilities and very little to ratepayers and solar array owners.

Solar Power

Concentrated solar power plants are all wet

Concentrating solar has promised big additions to renewable energy production with the additional benefit of energy storage -- but there's a catch.

Local clean energy a high priority for Canadian provinces

Ontario’s “buy local” energy policy has the promise of 43,000 local jobs from 5,000 MW of new renewable energy.   Now Nova Scotia is showing a strong interest in boosting the economic returns of its …

Local ownership means local love for wind power

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. A new article in the journal Energy Policy supports the notion that local ownership is key to …

Cooperative South Dakota wind farm nets 600 local owners

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. With the right renewable energy policy, hundreds of individuals can have a stake in a renewable energy …

Renewable Energy

How to power homes with 100% clean and increasingly local power

Marin Clean Energy in California leads the way in clean, local energy with its community choice aggregation model.

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