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Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2012

Merton Rule – United Kingdom

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/distributed-generation-in-local-plans/merton-rule-united-kingdom/

With aims to inspire renewable energy generation at the local level, in October 2003, Merton became the first local authority in the United Kingdom (UK) to adopt a policy requiring new non-residential developments to generate a portion of their energy needs from on-site renewables. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2012

NATOA Asks Georgia to Preserve Local Broadband Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/natoa-asks-georgia-preserve-local-broadband-authority

As Georgia’s Senate considers revoking local authority over whether or not to build a community network, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers has written to the … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2012

We Told You So: Subscribers Abandon DSL

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/we-told-you-so-subscribers-abandon-dsl

We have long been arguing that the telephone and cable companies are not sufficiently investing in the connections needed by communities.
Quarter after quarter, companies offering DSL see decr… Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2012

Vehicle Limitations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/vehicle-limitations/

New Jersey was first state in the country to ban large tractor-trailers from its state roads and highways. The restriction, went into effect in July 1999, confined large trucks (more than 102 inches wide) that were not doing business in the state to interstate highways and a system of major highways and connector roads. Other cities have begun charging increased fees for vehicles that have larger environmental impacts. Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2012

Solar Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/solar-energy/

As climate change initiatives and renewable energy standards are adopted at both the local and state level across the country, solar energy technologies are getting more focused attention by policymakers. Below are a selection of rules that target efforts to enhance solar energy development – both thermal and electric (photovoltaics). Solar power is likely to become the “fuel” for our transportation sector as we move toward a future with electric vehicles. Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2012

Renewable Fuels Standard

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/renewable-fuels-standard/

Minimum blends of biodiesel and ethanol in petroleum-based fuels are required in order to be sold within the city and requirements that city-owned vehicles maximize use of renewable fuels. Cities that may copy this approach should consider broadening the definition of renewable fuels to include renewable electricity used for electric vehicles. Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2012

Renewable Portfolio Standards

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/renewable-portfolio-standards/

A Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) ensures that a minimum amount of renewable energy is included in the portfolio of electricity resources serving a state or country, and — by increasing the required amount over time — the RPS can put the electricity industry on a path toward increasing sustainability. Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2012

Net Metering

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/net-metering/

Net metering is a practice that encourages consumer investment in on-site electric generators – typically small-scale, renewable energy technologies. When electricity is being generated and none is being consumed, net metering typically allows customer/generators to spin their meter backwards, in effect paying the customer/generator the retail rate for the electricity they generate but don’t immediately consume. If a customer generates more electricity than they consume over a period of time, they are typically paid for that net excess generation (NEG) at the utility’s avoided cost, or the wholesale rate. Two states, Minnesota and Wisconsin, stand out from the crowd because their net metering rules allow participants to be paid the going retail rate for the net excess electricity they generate for each billing cycle. Some states like New Jersey and Colorado allow projects up to 2 MW to use net metering. Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2012

Municipal Financing for Renewables and Efficiency

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/municipal-financing-for-renewables-and-efficiency/

With state enabling legislation, cities and counties are being given the authority to establish municipal financing programs for clean energy and energy efficiency investments in their communities. Commonly referred to as property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, it allows homeowners and businesses to implement dramatic improvements in efficiency and/or renewable energy and repay those investments over a long-term via a special property tax assessment or via a utility bill. Continue reading