Some states may be making a big mistake about rooftop solar

Some states may be making a big mistake about rooftop solar

With drastic reductions in the price of wind and solar over the last decade, co-op members and utility customers are considering local energy projects more than ever before. If they fit the right capacity requirements these installations are eligible to sell excess...
Minnesota electric co-ops declare war on local energy projects

Minnesota electric co-ops declare war on local energy projects

A bill making its way through the Minnesota legislature would exempt Minnesota’s rural electric cooperatives from regulatory oversight, allowing them to put high fees on members taking advantage of net metering.  Some of these fees are as high as $83 a month, which...
Farmers see big value in local energy projects

Farmers see big value in local energy projects

As farmers across the country deal with another year of low crop prices, many are singing the praises of land payments from local energy projects.  Lease agreements with wind developers can pay as much as $10,000 per turbine per year.  Local energy projects are also...
Arkansas co-op helps members finance energy efficiency

Arkansas co-op helps members finance energy efficiency

Many Americans have inefficient homes and old appliances costing them thousands of dollars a year on their utility bills.  For many, the price of an upgrade or a retrofit is too high.  Low income families who can’t afford up-front costs or taking on new loans or debt...
Alaskans save money, fight climate change with local energy

Alaskans save money, fight climate change with local energy

Few places in the United States are seeing the more immediate impacts of climate change than  Alaska.  Some towns may even have to be relocated as a result of rising sea levels.  Beyond the visible impacts of climate change, electricity is prohibitively expensive in...