John Farrell's Blog Posts

- April 15, 2015

Can Other Cities Match Georgetown’s Low-Cost Switch to 100 Percent Wind and Sun?

This is probably not the first place you’ve read about Georgetown, Texas, the town of 55,000 that will be getting the equivalent of 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy...

- April 07, 2015

How to Maximize Renewable Energy Options for New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico is battling with its electric utility, PNM, over the utility's continued heavy reliance on large-scale fossil fuel power plants in a state with some of the best...

- April 02, 2015

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

The U.S. electricity system is undergoing the biggest change in its 130-year history, undermining the rationale for monopoly ownership and control. Until recently, electricity service...

- March 26, 2015

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25 percent of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has...

- March 17, 2015

Small Solar Surging: 13 Percent of New US Power Plant Capacity in 2014

The growth of solar has continued at a furious pace, with a new record of 6.2 gigawatts installed in the United States in 2014. But the bigger tale may be the persistent growth of small-scale...

- March 10, 2015

Is Energy Efficiency the More Persistent Threat to Utilities?

While local renewable energy and energy efficiency are both proving to be near-existential threats to electric utilities in the early 21st century, the trends aren’t the same. The rapid...

- March 04, 2015

Can a State's Solar Market Start Without It?

In about half of U.S. states, an individual or business can have solar installed on their roof owned by someone else, and either buy the power or lease the array from that third party....

- February 27, 2015

Are Utilities or States the Leaders in Renewable Energy and Efficiency?

A June 2014 study by Ceres highlighted the top electric utilities for renewable energy and efficiency. In an article discussing the findings, Utility Dive suggested that there are “wide...

- February 19, 2015

We Have “Value for Solar,” But Should We Use It?

Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a "value of solar" formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar...

- February 11, 2015

Solar Power Can Spark a New Energy Economy

I spent three days last fall with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement, noting how their core theme — economic democracy — is hand in hand with ILSR’s work on...

John Farrell

John Farrell

John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at ILSR and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His latest paper,...

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