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Peak Hourly US Electricity Demand In July Was The Second Highest Since 2016

  On July 27, 2023, peak hourly electricity demand in the continental United States reached 741,815 megawatt-hours (MWh). This peak was the second highest since we began collecting this data in 2016, just under the all-time high of 742,704 MWh recorded on July 20, 2022. Weather is a large driver … [continued]

HECO, will you be my Valentine?

Dear HECO, The sun is golden, The sky is blue, I want my system To interconnect with you Love, Hawaii Solar Customers Hundreds of HECO customers will be left heartbroken this Valentine’s Day. Having waited by the phone for months, they’ll spend another night (and likely many nights thereafter) without … [continued]

Enabling More Democratic Energy

From outdated technical rules to local permitting to incentive policies, there are opportunities to increase the potential for local solar power. This is the fourth of five parts of ILSR’s Rooftop Revolution report being published in serial.  Read Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 3. Download the entire report … [continued]

Utility “Gets Ready” For More Local Energy In Hawai’i

This post originally appeared on ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States blog. Hawai’an solar advocates are celebrating after the island state’s largest utility, Hawai’ian Electric (HECO) filed a plan with the public utility commission to take a “proactive approach” to adding more distributed solar to their grid system. Utilities across the country typically use … [continued]