John Farrell's Blog Posts

- January 28, 2015

Can Utility Regulators Provide Leadership on Distributed Renewable Energy?

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed...

- January 21, 2015

Solar as an Energy Equity Solution

For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much)...

- January 13, 2015

Ejecting the Power Line Foxes from the Electric Customer Henhouse

The neighbors of the proposed Badger-Coulee high-voltage line in Wisconsin are like those in many other parts of the country, upset that their utility will construct 200-foot steel...

- January 07, 2015

The Three Biggest Solar Charts of 2014

The rise of solar power allows a further democratizing of the electricity system, and these charts illustrate how 2014 was a banner year for solar, but particularly distributed solar...

- 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...

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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