Local Energy Rules
By John Farrell
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ILSR's Democratic Energy program has been identifying key policies and strategies for boosting local economies by keeping energy dollars local for over 35 years. This podcast series features ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell as he interviews leaders in local renewable energy development, people who have struggled to create community energy projects and change policy to make them easier. Most shows are 15-20 minutes in length, released twice a month.
||Unanswered Questions about the Public Rooftop Revolution||At the beginning of June 2015, ILSR released its Public Rooftop Revolution report, which described how cities across the nation put the shine on municipal rooftops with more than 5,000 MW of solar. That 5,000 MW is as much as one-quarter of all solar i...||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kansas City’s Royal Effort to Solarize City Rooftops||Kansas City, MO, has neither the abundant sunshine nor high cost of electricity that have driven solar installations in other cities. Despite this, the city has close to 1.5 MW of solar in 59 separate installations on municipal properties.||6/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Duking It Out Over Municipal Solar in Raleigh – Episode 24 of Local Energy Rules||There aren’t many solar success stories from the Southeast, making Raleigh, NC, stand out in a region with low-cost electricity and modest sunshine. With just over 2 megawatts of solar on public property––providing close to 7% of municipal building||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lancaster: The Leading Solar City? – Episode 23 of Local Energy Rules||Jason Caudle, city manager with the City of Lancaster, talked with John Farrell in April 2015 about his city’s solar boom. With more than 118 MW of solar, both private and public, operating within city limits,||6/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Public Rooftop Revolution Report||There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. - In Public Rooftop Revolution,||6/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice – Episode 23 of Local Energy Rules||"San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego. A product that is price competitive and yet at the same t..||6/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Deep Dive on Value of Solar and the Future of Solar Energy – Episode 22 of Local Energy Rules||“Utility regulation and rates is a contact sport,” says Karl Rabago, and that makes the implementation of a new "value of solar" policy complex. Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price?||5/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||One City Utility is Carbon Neutral, Today – Episode 21 of Local Energy Rules||It's one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it's another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33% renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neutral ...||5/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Power of the Collective Energy Purchasing – Episode 20 of Local Energy Rules||"We can't do it as an individual, But four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power - that's really powerful." - Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk...||4/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Leading Community Energy Aggregator – Episode 19 of Local Energy Rules||Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5% of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio,||4/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|