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Community Microgrids: Four examples of local energy that improves lives

by Lena Goodwin, Microgrid Knowledge Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to […]

Destiny Rodriguez with Jim Grant from the Catholic Diocese of Fresno's Social Justice Channel.

Peace, social justice, and a new energy system

During the holidays, the word “peace” is thrown around a lot. It’s usually used to describe a state of being that may feel elusive in a world being swallowed by climate change. For me, peace directly relates to working for social justice. This became especially clear to me in a recent interview with Jim Grant, […]

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The world’s only $100 billion utility owes its success to investing in renewables early

By Gerson Freitas Jr, Bloomberg, November 15, 2019 Two decades ago, when coal ruled U.S. power generation, a Florida utility plowed some of its extra cash into a wind farm atop a desolate Oregon plateau. It was the start of an unimaginably successful bet. This year, that company — now named NextEra Energy Inc. — […]

Community microgrids are safe, reliable, clean, smart, and distributed.

Opinion: Microgrids could prevent need for planned power outages

Our aging and unstable electrical system must be replaced now, not decades from now This piece was originally published in the Mercury News opinion section on October 25, 2019. (Subscription required.) The dramatic increase in the size and severity of California’s wildfires in recent years is just one example of the devastating effects of climate […]

Europe stores electricity in gas pipes

by Peter Fairley, Scientific American Last month Denmark’s biggest energy firm, Ørsted, said wind farms it is proposing for the North Sea will convert some of their excess power into gas. Electricity flowing in from offshore will feed on-shore electrolysis plants that split water to produce clean-burning hydrogen, with oxygen as a by-product. That would […]

Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and the future of energy

by Ann Hancock, Executive Director, The Climate Center On August 3, 2018, Stone Edge Farm unplugged from the grid, a celebratory moment for the team that made it possible. For supporters like us, the moment offers a glimpse into the future of energy. To unplug, Stone Edge Farm got no permission or help from PG&E. […]

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Kansas utility cuts ribbon on its first community solar project

by Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry A crowd including state and local leaders and representatives from Kansas-based utility Westar Energy, Dold Foods and SoCore Energy gathered last week to cut the ribbon on Westar’s first community solar project. According to Westar, the 1.2 MW installation in South Hutchinson, Kan., includes nearly 4,000 panels and gives customers the […]

Sun Solar Electric Installing a system in Santa Rosa, Caliofrnia

Utilities are buying up distributed energy companies. Should Community Energy agencies take a lesson?

The following article by Jeff St. John of Greentech Media demonstrates the burgeoning competition for electricity customers as utility monopolies lose their stronghold. Will Community Choice Energy agencies take a lesson and avoid losing their own customers? Considering their community focus, are Community Choice agencies developing sufficient opportunities and incentives for local solar to support […]