John Farrell's Blog Posts

- July 22, 2014

Crying Fowl or Crying Wolf? Open Season on the Utility's Solar Duck Chart

The rapid changes to the electricity system being wrought by distributed solar have utilities crying out, and they’ve poured much of their distributed solar angst into a chart being...

- July 15, 2014

Is Solar Ownership Poised for a Comeback?

With “no money down” and “zero maintenance” to attract homeowners, solar leasing has become the overwhelming favorite for residential solar installations. And with the complexity of...

- July 08, 2014

A 'Perfect Storm' Will Make This Utility 40 Percent Renewable

“We have a perfect storm for renewables,” says Jan TenBruggencate, second-term board member of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The Hawaiian utility, made into a local cooperative...

- June 30, 2014

Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

Adapt or Die read the title of the article suggesting that electric utilities must change their business to survive, or be buried under an onslaught of local renewable energy. But utilities...

- June 24, 2014

What Your City Can Do to Fight Climate Change

The Obama administration is pushing power plant regulations to reduce carbon emissions and most states have some sort of renewable energy policy. But there's plenty of opportunity left...

- June 16, 2014

How One Town Keeps Fighting for Control of Its Energy Future

How can a community take control of its energy future from a 100-year monopoly electric utility?  Citizens of Boulder, CO, are testing answers to that question, trying to discover how...

- June 10, 2014

"Millions of People Investing in Solar" — Billy Parish Explains the Power of Crowd Finance

For years, the only effective way to go solar was to have tens of thousands of dollars and a sunny roof.  Investing in solar was nearly impossible.  But a couple years ago, a new notion...

- June 03, 2014

Envisioning an Innovative Local Electric Utility

Laboring to keep more of its energy dollars at home, community members in Boulder, CO, decided that they needed some numbers behind their vision of a cleaner energy utility.  Listen...

- May 29, 2014

Show Me Solar: Missouri's Opportunity for Solar Power

What can solar power do for a single state? How about 21 percent of its energy, $14 billion in economic activity, and over 150,000 jobs. At a discount to existing electricity costs....

- May 20, 2014

A David and Goliath Fight to Tap World-class Solar

“It’s the most inspirational work that I’m doing…this is an inspirational and aspirational effort…at the heart of it is love of place and energy democracy.” Mariel Nanasi and the citizens...

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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