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.

Enabling more Democratic Energy

From outdated technical rules to local permitting to incentive policies, there are opportunities to increase the potential for local solar power. This is the fourth of five parts of ILSR’s Rooftop Revolution report being published …

Top 5 Democratic Energy Resources of 2013

From the Democratic Energy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Rooftop Revolution A combination resource of our two reports on residential and commercial solar grid parity, including a slideshow, infographic, and an amazing interactive …

The Solar Opportunity

The coming of solar grid parity offers an opportunity for millions of Americans to go solar affordably. But it also means a potential transformation, a democratization of an electricity system long dominated by centrally-controlled utilities …

‘Watershed’ Climate and Energy Agreement Between CenterPoint Energy and City of Minneapolis

In a groundbreaking agreement announced earlier this year, the gas utility serving Minneapolis, MN – CenterPoint Energy – will work with the city of Minneapolis to achieve a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by …

City-Owned Texas Utility Already Serves 40% Renewable Energy

Is having local control of a utility the key to ramping up renewable energy? In 2011, Boulder citizens voted to have their city take over the electric utility, joining 1 in 7 Americans served by …

What’s Wrong With Xcel’s Proposed Community Solar Program?

Fees and illegal caps, for starters. After the state’s solar energy law passed in 2013, Minnesota’s largest electric utility, Xcel Energy, was required to create a program to support the development of community solar energy. …

How Vermont Has Promoted Local Renewable Energy: Episode 10 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

“A lot of the utilities don’t totally understand this new paradigm that’s coming.” David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables has been working to advance renewable energy in Vermont for years, and was instrumental in getting the …

Politics

People power beats corporate utility 2-to-1 in Boulder

Voters in Boulder, Colo., spurned Xcel Energy's big-money campaign and pushed toward a plan to create a publicly owned, renewably powered utility.

On November 5th, Local Power is on the Line

In 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO, opted to explore alternatives to their monopoly, corporate electric utility that pumps coal-fired energy into town and sucks millions in energy profits out. They won at the ballot box …

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