John Farrell's Blog Posts

- December 15, 2014

A $48 Billion Opportunity for US Electric Customers

Electricity customers in the U.S. got good news last week. A new report from Accenture highlighted a potential revenue loss for U.S. utilities of $48 billion per year by 2025 due to...

- December 12, 2014

This Week's Vote Secures Minneapolis' Title as Climate Champion

In August 2013, Minneapolis (MN) was in the news for considering a take-over of its energy utilities. Today, they're back in the news for supporting a first-in-the-nation clean energy...

- December 05, 2014

A $6 Billion Opportunity for Rural Electric Cooperatives to Lead on Clean Energy

Last week I asked why rural electric cooperatives haven't been leaders on renewable energy. This week, I explain a $6 billion opportunity they can seize to take leadership. One of the...

- November 28, 2014

Why Aren’t Rural Electric Cooperatives Champions of Local Clean Power?

When it comes to ownership, there are few better structures for keeping a community’s wealth local than a cooperative. So why is it that America’s rural electric cooperatives are tethered...

- November 20, 2014

California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the Financing Boot from PACE’s Neck

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing...

- November 11, 2014

Moving Beyond Utility 2.0, To Energy Democracy

The transformation taking place in the electricity system is enormous, and the prescribed solution — a version 2.0 electric utility — offers a way for utilities to  remain financially...

- November 05, 2014

Same Price, More Renewables: San Diego’s Fight for Community Controlled Energy

“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...

- October 27, 2014

Why Is an Island Electric Utility Hindering Incredibly Cost-Effective Solar?

The Northern Mariana Islands are one of several island U.S. territories, lying three-quarters of the way from Hawai’i to the Philippines. Like most islands, their electricity supply...

- October 21, 2014

The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity...

- October 13, 2014

City Poised to Adopt First-in-the-Nation Partnership with Energy Utilities

Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis (MN) would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, last Monday the...

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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