Author Archives: John Farrell

Community-Owned Transmission?

March 12th, 2013 | by John Farrell

The enormous growth in local renewable energy is decentralizing the electricity system, often supplanting energy from centralized power plants. But [&hellip

4 Charts Provide Distributed Solar Lessons from California

September 17th, 2012 | by John Farrell

A new study for the California Public Utilities Commission explores the “Technical Potential for Local Distributed Photovoltaics in California.” Basically, it’s one of the more in-depth analyses of local solar power in the country, suggesting that California has the capacity to add 15 gigawatts (GW) of local solar (20 megawatts and smaller) to its grid by 2020. The study pushes the boundaries of distributed generation by assuming that local solar can be installed sufficient to meet 100% of local demand, far beyond the conservative “15% rule” that utilities typically apply

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