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Survey finds customers support solar as utilities push back

solarWhile utilities have often been resistant to the incursion of rooftop solar and other distributed energy sources, a new survey shows their customers have a very different view.

For Minnesota churches, clean energy is a higher calling

Tim Johnson, pastor of Cherokee Park United Church in St. Paul, says visitors frequently inquire about the church's solar array. (Photo by Ken Paulman / Midwest Energy News)Citing a calling to minimize their environmental impact, a growing number of Minnesota churches and faith-based institutions are installing renewable energy projects.

Illinois grapples with question of who owns energy data

(Photo by SaskPower via Creative Commons)As utilities are increasingly installing smart meters and providing customers with data about usage, advocates say they are not generally offering the data quickly enough or in as much detail as needed.

Report: Grid pricing not keeping up with technology

(Photo by CeeDave via Creative Commons)A new report from the Energy Innovation Lab says outdated utility rate structures are holding back the spread of renewable energy technology.