This page provides US context for CANs (community agency networks) and community groups across the USA with an interest in community energy.

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  • News Electricity cooperatives have served rural America since 30s. In this renewable era, it's time to update and strengthen them, Daily Alternative (May 25, 2024)

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Networks[edit | edit source]

The Rural Power Coalition
Authors: Rural Power Coalition
Date: 2024-02-27
  • Rural Power Coalition, envisioning resilient and clean rural energy systems that are democratically controlled, equitable, and affordable while supporting healthy environments, well-paying jobs, and the building of community wealth. added 20:02, 28 May 2024 (UTC)
  • Community Power Network, Working Together for Local, Renewable Energy

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Research[edit | edit source]

  • The Solutions Project, an organization first conceived in 2011 by prominent figures in science, business and the entertainment media with the goal of utilizing the combined efforts of individuals in the fields of science, business and culture to accelerate the transition to 100 percent renewable energy use in the United States. Based on the results of academic research, the organization maintains that America is capable of meeting its entire energy needs through renewal energy sources, and that this goal can be achieved by the year 2050. (The organization defines renewable energy as solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy and wave/tidal power.) Furthermore, the organization claims that the solutions that will be needed to achieve this goal are primarily social and political, not technical, in nature, as most of the technology necessary to bring about the transition already exists.
The organization has proposed what it calls the "50 States 50 Plans" initiative. These are plans developed for each of the 50 United States specifying the precise mix of renewable energy types that, given factors such as geography and climate, would allow that particular state to receive all of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The organization claims that, beyond the issue of environmental sustainability, a number of significant benefits to society would come about if the initiative were adopted, including consumer energy cost savings, health cost savings and millions of long-term (40 years or more) jobs. W

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Infographics: Renewable energy sources, from Good, requires Flash

Maps[edit | edit source]

Energy Zones Mapping Tool -- This is a free geographic information system (GIS), produced by the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories. It includes approximately 300 GIS data layers that can be used for modeling all kinds of energy systems, including: Biomass, Coal, Geothermal, Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar, Storage, Water, and Wind.

windFarm, USGS

Shares of electricity generation from renewable energy sources up in many states, U.S. Energy Information Administration, April 9, 2012

News and comment[edit | edit source]


  • News Solar Project Devised by Highline High School Students Wins District Approval, South Seattle Emerald (Feb 07, 2022)



California's rooftop solar mandate will normalize clean energy, Jan 8[1]


Microgrids Keep These Cities Running When the Power Goes Out, Dec 4[2]

Bloomberg unveils clean energy commitment to counter rollback of emissions rule, Oct 11[3]

Community Reacts To Solar Farm: 'Hey, I'm Not Polluting', Sep 20...[4]

The Surprising State Where Solar Energy Is Flourishing, Jul 19[5]

Illinois's Cook County Helps Solar Energy Cooperatives Rise and Shine, Jul 19[6]

Shared Renewables Hold Big Potential for Communities Left Out of Clean Energy Programs, Jul 11[7]

Hundreds of US mayors endorse switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035, Jun 26[8]

How Electricity Cooperatives in the US are Paving the Way for a Renewable Future, Jun 19[9]

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New York City: In Brooklyn, you can now sell solar power to your neighbors, May 23[10]

Massachusetts: Church solar project inspires solar for neighborhood, May 2[11]

San Diego: More minority communities are saving money and energy with renewable solar energy, Apr 21[12]


Community energy model is speeding US move to renewables, May 8[13]


No End in Sight for America's Solar Revolution, August 7[14]


Community Solar Gardens on the Rise, August 29[15]

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

100%, a campaign of the Solutions Project

See also[edit | edit source]

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