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21 Oct
Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2016
Despite the evidence about limits to scale economies, the conventional wisdom that bigger is better has persisted into the renewable energy power industry. It’s particularly ironic, since the costly ever-bigger power plants of the 1970s led Congress to pass the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the federal law that opened the door to renewable energy alternatives to conventional power plants. This lesson seems lost on many observers of the renewable energy industry.
13 Apr
Why a Minnesota Energy Standard is a Great Idea
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2013
Presentation made for Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) showing data providing support for the argument that a solar standard is cost-effective
13 Apr
Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It's Also Worth Less
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
This article questions a report that asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scaled solar. One misguided assumption in the report is that residential and utility-scaled solar can be comparable on a levelized-cost basis.
13 Apr
Minnesota's New (Standard Offer) Solar Energy Standard
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2013
"Architect" of Minnesota's new solar energy standard explains how it works, and how it is good for solar and for customers. Helpful charts and VOS discussion included.
13 Apr
Lower Cost Solar - A Utility-Scale Fig Leaf For An Outdated Monopoly Model
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
Responding to a piece in the Wall Street Journal by Brian Potts, John Farrell refutes arguments that solar is not cost-effective and valuable to the utility, and argues that it is actually the natural monopoly we allowed the utility to become that is untenable in our evolving system.