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.

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 overcoming local resistance to renewable energy.  The article summarizes a survey conducted of two towns in Germany, both with local wind projects, but only one that was locally owned.  The results are summarized in this chart: Guess which town has the locally owned project?  If you guessed Zschadraß, you win.  With local ownership of the wind project, 45% of residents had a positive view toward …

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 future.  That’s what happened with a cooperatively-owned wind project in South Dakota, where 7 turbines from a larger wind project are shared by over 600 local investors. The largest barrier to community ownership of renewable energy has been the use of tax credits as the primary federal incentive for renewable energy.  Tax credit incentives stymie cities, counties, and cooperatives from constructing and owning their own …

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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.