On energy governance and energy transitions: Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal

By KacperSzuleckiaIndraOverlandb Science Direct, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101768 Energy democracy can be perceived as a process (and an existing movement); an outcome (the reconfiguration of social relations as a result of changes in the energy system); or a goal communities and other stakeholders can aspire to. Energy democracy is related to the demand for increased accountability and democratization in a sector previously seen as apolitical and not requiring …

Reality is a Commons

Our greater understanding of the Earth as alive and interconnected At the beginning of 2020, David Bollier published a blog post on “The rise of a New Animism” (read it here). Recognising the historical problems of animism as a Western-centric concept, Bollier suggests that ‘New Animism’ which “sees the experience of life as a dynamic conversation among the creatures and natural systems of …

Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption: Leasing and LMI incentives had the greatest impact, and PACE helped too

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas. The researchers concluded that LMI incentives, leasing and PACE increase PV adoption equity. The model showed that these intervention models shift deployment into underserved markets with lower …

Grid Alternatives, Energy Sovereignty

July 07, 2020, Grid Alternatives Tim Willink, GRID’s Director of Tribal Programs, gives us an update on what’s going on in Indigenous communities during the pandemic, and the exciting projects in store for the Tribal Program.  How are Indigenous Communities dealing with the pandemic right now?In my view, a number of Indigenous Nations have been hit really hard by COVID-19 …

Utilities: The just-and-reasonable standard requires prudence—operating at lowest feasible cost. Further, the prudence obligation is a continuing obligation and the utility has an obligation to prove it.

From testimony of Scott Hempling in Joint Application of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, for Authority to Adjust Electric, Natural Gas, and Steam Rates                                                       Docket No. 5-UR-109 The just-and-reasonable standard requires prudence—operating at lowest feasible cost. The just-and-reasonable standard requires that test-year costs be consistent with long-term prudence. The prudence obligation is a continuing obligation. A utility …

Getting Off Gas Must Benefit Those Burdened by Pollution

October 20, 2020 Michele Knab HassonMerrian Borgeson NRDC https://www.nrdc.org/experts/merrian-borgeson/getting-gas-must-benefit-those-burdened-pollution Leading California equity groups are calling on the state to take stronger steps to support healthier, more affordable, fossil fuel-free homes, especially for low-income renters and Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Protecting the health of Californians most impacted by pollution and structural racism, and combating climate change, requires new policies to prioritize them in …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Leveraging the Health Care Benefits of Energy-Efficient Housing

https://info.ornl.gov/sites/publications/Files/Pub124723.pdf The healthcare industry has the potential to be a strong ally in the effort to reduce the energy burdens of low-income households. Problems associated with high energy burdens often include adverse health effects. Insufficient heating and cooling systems and leaky homes can cause hypothermia and heat stress. Improper air filtration, cracked heat exchangers, and poor ventilation can exacerbate asthma …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …