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Local Power for Decorah, Iowa

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In 4 weeks, citizens of Decorah, Iowa, will vote whether to take over the electric company for more local control. In this talk from March 26, John Farrell explains the advantages and opportunities of local power.

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Local Power for Decorah, Iowa

  1. 1. L O C A L P O W E R F O R T H E L O C A L E C O N O M Y E N E R G Y D E M O C R A C Y F R O M A C I T Y- O W N E D U T I L I T Y John Farrell Director of Energy DemocracyMarch 26, 2018 Presentation in Decorah, IA
  2. 2. W H Y L O C A L ? ( PA R T 1 )
  3. 3. L E T ’ S WA R M U P
  4. 4. W I N D P O W E R P O T E N T I A L ? Percentage of state electricity sales
  5. 5. A. 25% B. 55% C. 175% D. 5,200% E.27,000% W I N D P O W E R P O T E N T I A L ? Percentage of state electricity sales
  6. 6. W I N D P O W E R P O T E N T I A L Percentage of state electricity sales A. 25% B. 55% C. 175% D. 5,200% E. 27,000%
  7. 7. W I N D P O W E R P O T E N T I A L 30% c.f. or better 2 0 1 0 N R E L D ATA 100m Potential Percent of Electricity from Onshore Wind Power 0 to 10% 10 to 25% 25 to 50% 50 to 100% 100% or moreSource: http://1.usa.gov/1LBmAIV “You have a unique opportunity to buy wind that is cheaper than fossil fuel” —Xcel CEO Ben Fowke
  8. 8. L E T ’ S WA R M U P ( # 2 )
  9. 9. R O O F T O P S O L A R P O T E N T I A L ? A. 2% B. 15% C. 36% D. 59% E.112% Percentage of state electricity sales
  10. 10. R O O F T O P S O L A R P O T E N T I A L A. 2% B. 8% C. 36% D. 59% E. 112% Percentage of state electricity sales
  11. 11. 23% 49% All buildings Source: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/65298.pdf R O O F T O P S O L A R P O T E N T I A L 2 0 1 6 POTENTIAL PERCENT OF POWER FROM LOCAL ROOFTOP SOLAR Over 50% 40 to 50% 25 to 40% 11 to 25% 2008 data 40-50% 25-40% Over 50% Over 50% 25-40%
  12. 12. W H Y L O C A L ? ( PA R T 1 ) You can do it!
  13. 13. W H Y L O C A L ? ( PA R T 2 )
  14. 14. C O M M U N I T Y C H O I C E
  15. 15. C O M M U N I T I E S WA N T C O N T R O L Over 50 U.S. cities have made 100% renewable commitments
  16. 16. W H AT S TAT E W I L L H AV E T W O C I T I E S W I T H 1 0 0 % R E N E WA B L E B Y 2 0 2 0 ?
  17. 17. Georgetown Denton Both with municipal utilities!
  18. 18. More solar watts per capita than any other utility?
  19. 19. More solar watts per capita than any other utility! Farmers Electric Cooperative Kalona
  20. 20. W H Y L O C A L ? ( PA R T 2 ) You choose
  21. 21. W H Y L O C A L ? ( PA R T 3 )
  22. 22. S O L A R E C O N O M I E S O F S C A L E Costofelectricity 0.0¢ 2.0¢ 4.0¢ 6.0¢ 8.0¢ 10.0¢ 12.0¢ 14.0¢ Residential ≤10 10-20 20-50 50-100 100-250 250-500 500-1000 5-10 MW 10 to 20 MW 20 to 100 MW 100 to 1,000 MW Estimated levelized cost of electricity (plus delivery) based on reported 2015 costs* Sources: Tracking the Sun IX and Utility-Scale Solar 2015 (SunShot, Berkeley Labs); SAM (NREL); Crossborder; EIA; ILSR Uses residential electricity rates of 12¢, commercial of 10¢ per kilowatt-hour (U.S. Average, EIA) Actual cost to“purchase” grid-exported power via net metering kilowatts megawatts DOESN’T INCLUDE LOCAL CAPACITY VALUE OR AVOIDED TRANSMISSION LOSSES OF DISTRIBUTED SOLAR
  23. 23. L O C A L S P E N D I N G VA L U E O F S O L A R Valueoflocalspendingforproject“softcosts” 0.0¢ 2.0¢ 4.0¢ 6.0¢ 8.0¢ 10.0¢ 12.0¢ 14.0¢ Residential ≤10 10-20 20-50 50-100 100-250 250-500 500-1000 5-10 MW 10 to 20 MW 20 to 100 MW 100 to 1,000 MW Sources: Crossborder; ILSR Assumes local soft costs are 25% of installed costs for residential, 6% for large commercial, and linearly distributed in between Value of local spending during project installation (20-year net present value) kilowatts megawatts
  24. 24. L O C A L S P E N D I N G VA L U E O F S O L A R Costtopurchaseenergylessvalueoflocalspending forproject“softcosts” 0.0¢ 2.0¢ 4.0¢ 6.0¢ 8.0¢ 10.0¢ 12.0¢ 14.0¢ Residential ≤10 10-20 20-50 50-100 100-250 250-500 500-1000 5-10 MW 10 to 20 MW 20 to 100 MW 100 to 1,000 MW kilowatts megawatts Cost of energy to grid less local spending benefits Sources: Tracking the Sun IX and Utility-Scale Solar 2015 (SunShot, Berkeley Labs); SAM (NREL); Crossborder; EIA; ILSR Uses residential electricity rates of 12¢, commercial of 10¢ per kilowatt-hour (U.S. Average, EIA); assumes local soft costs are 25% of installed costs (Crossborder)
  25. 25. W H Y L O C A L ? You can You choose It pays
  26. 26. W H AT ’ S W R O N G W I T H T H E S TAT U S Q U O ?
  27. 27. P R O F I T S L E AV E
  28. 28. T H I S R E Q U I R E S …
  29. 29. … A L A W Y E R
  30. 30. P O W E R T O S T O P E N E R G Y S AV I N G S
  31. 31. Undercutting a solar study
  32. 32. $88,000 in campaign contributions in 2016 alone Candidates for office 2016 88,000 Eighty-eight thousand and zero/100 Influence Patricia Leonard Kampling FollowTheMoney.org
  33. 33. ilsr.org
  34. 34. I N C U M B E N T S O P P O S E L O C A L C O N T R O L
  35. 35. Y O U ’ R E N O T A L O N E
  36. 36. 2 , 0 0 0 M U N I C I PA L U T I L I T I E S Mutual aid
  37. 37. H U N D R E D S O F C O M M U N I T Y C H O I C E P R O G R A M S
  38. 38. PA R T O F A L A R G E R G R I D
  39. 39. K E Y I S S U E : I N V E S T O R - O W N E D A L L I A N T H A S A D U T Y T O S H A R E H O L D E R VA L U E
  40. 40. Y O U C A N , Y O U S H O U L D , I T PAY S M U N I C I PA L I Z E ?
  41. 41. www.ilsr.org C H A N G I N G T H E R U L E S P R O V I D I N G T O O L S 1 0 0 % R E N E WA B L E L O C A L E C O N O M Y H U M A N S C A L E L O C A L O W N E R S H I P D E M O C R AT I C A U T H O R I T Y I L L U S T R AT I N G T H E V I S I O N
  42. 42. Beyond Sharing: How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power The electric utility monopoly is breaking up, but will new companies make renewable energy become another form of wealth extraction or can community renewable energy enable communities to capture their renewable power? John Farrell April 2016 www.ilsr.org R E A D O U R R E P O R T S R E A D M O R E @johnffarrell F O L L O W

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