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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2011

Could California Save 30% or More on Solar With German Policy?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/could-california-save-30-or-more-solar-german-policy/

The Golden State has covered over 50,000 roofs with solar PV in the past decade, but could it also save 30% or more on its current solar costs?  It turns out switching energy policies could save ratepayers billions.

If 2011 is a banner year and the state sees 1 gigawatt (GW) of installed capacity, the savings to ratepayers of a CLEAN program (over 20 years) would be nearly $3 billion.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2011

Overcoming the Roadblocks: Democratizing the Electricity System

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/overcoming-roadblocks-democratizing-electricity-system/

A serialized version of our new report, Democratizing the Electricity System, Part 5 of 5. Click here for: Part 1 (The Electric System: Inflection Point) Part 2 (The Economics of Distributed Generation) Part 3 (The Political and Technical Advantages of Distributed Generation) Part 4 (Regulatory Roadblocks to Democratizing the Electricity System) Download the report. The… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 20, 2011

German Rooftop Solar PV Beats U.S. Utility Scale Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/german-rooftop-solar-pv-beats-us-utility-scale-solar/

Energy policy matters, a lot.  The Germans have a comprehensive feed-in tariff, providing CLEAN contracts to anyone who wants to go solar (or wind, or biogas, etc).  The U.S. has a hodge-podge of utility, state and federal tax-based incentives.  What does that mean? 

Much cheaper German solar. In fact, it’s like having your favorite craft or microbrew beer at a price that beats Budweiser.  From a study of U.S. solar prices reported in Renewables International:

Perhaps most surprisingly, the study found that the planned arrays larger than one megawatt have an average installed price of $4.50 per watt, with only a third of the systems in the pipeline coming in at prices below four dollars per watt. As Renewables International reported in January, the installed system price of photovoltaics in the US was easily 60 percent above the level in Germany in 2010 for equivalent system sizes (arrays smaller than 100 kilowatts).

Here’s a chart illustrating that cost differential, with the German prices updated for the 2nd quarter of 2011.

If the German solar prices are wunderbar, that makes the U.S. “furchtbar.”

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 19, 2011

Breaking Grid Barriers Could Unleash Local Power and Clean Energy Jobs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/breaking-grid-barriers-could-unleash-local-power-and-clean-energy-jobs/

A recently released solar map of New York City found enough room for solar panels on building rooftops to power half the city during hours of peak electricity use.  And the city is not alone.  Almost 60 million Americans live in areas where solar prices are competitive with retail electricity costs, and this kind of… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

The Benefits of Clean, Local Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-talks-local-clean-energy-crowd-boulder-colorado/

Senior Researcher John Farrell presented on the benefits of local clean energy to a crowd in Boulder, CO, in April 2011 at the invitation of the local organization Clean Energy Action.  The city of Boulder is currently considering municipalization of its utility. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

WI Public Service Commission schedules Two Wisconsin EIS Scoping Meetings (CapX2020)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wi-public-service-commission-schedules-two-wisconsin-eis-scoping-meetings-capx2020/

WI Public Service Commission schedules Two Wisconsin EIS Scoping Meetings (CapX2020)

July 14 in Cochrane, WI

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

Town opposes running power line over bluffs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/town-opposes-running-power-line-over-bluffs/

Original date: June 15, 2011

 

The Baraboo Town Board opposes plans for 150-foot-tall, high-voltage electrical towers marching past the town and over the Baraboo Bluffs.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

Proposed power line creating concerns among area residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/proposed-power-line-creating-concerns-among-area-residents/

Original date: June 19, 2011

Thousands of area homeowners could someday see more of power lines. That’s if the American Transmission Company gets approval from the state Public Service Commission to build a massive power line through western Wisconsin.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

People voice concerns over Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/people-voice-concerns-over-badger-coulee-transmission-line-project/

People in the La Crosse area got to voice their opinion today about the American Transmission Company’s (ATC) proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project. Some people don’t want the lines to cut through their backyard.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

Stop it at the River!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stop-it-river/

Excel Energy, Dairyland Power and nine other utilities (CAPX2020) are proposing a 345kV ultra high voltage power line crossing from Minnesota to Alma, Wisconsin and then running either south or east to Madison. Most of the power line will be built by the American Transmission Company. The power line towers will be 15+ stories tall and have a right of way of 150 feet, which will be cleared by eminent domain and maintained by herbicides. Continue reading