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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2013

National Capital Region Organics Task Force

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/national-capital-region-organics-task-force/

The National Capital Region Organics Task Force is a group of government, public interest, institutional and business representatives working to expand recovery, full capture and utilization of organic materials in the metropolitan Washington, DC region. The Task Force is chaired by: Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) John Snarr, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2013

Public Power Means Local Control

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/public-power-means-local-control/

Xcel Energy contends that there is “simply no advantage to forming a utility in the way that Boulder is attempting.” This unsupported statement gives me pause and compels me to set the record straight. The public power option is not new. Local communities have long had the right to own and operate their own electric… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2013

NATOA Keynote Panel Discusses Role of Local Governments in Improving Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/natoa-keynote-panel-discusses-role-local-governments-improving-internet-access

In September, I joined the keynote lunch panel at the annual NATOA Conference to discuss what local governments can do to improve Internet access. Joanne Hovis moderated a discussion between Rondella Hawkins of City of Austin, Milo Medin of Google, and myself. I have embedded the video below so it starts with the panel discussion…. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2013

Big Utility’s Two-Faced Talk on Low-Carbon Energy [infographic]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/big-utility-two-faced-on-low-carbon-energy/

What happens when a monopoly utility sees a threat to their business model? A lot of two-faced talking to regulators about the best carbon-free energy sources. Read here for more background.     Like what you see?  Get a weekly email on Democratic Energy, or follow us on Twitter: Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by David Milavetz | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2013

Comic: Longmont to Decide on Fiber Bonds by Referendum November 5th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/comic-longmont-decide-fiber-bonds-referendum-november-5th/

On November 5th, citizens of Longmont will vote on a referendum determining whether to expedite building a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network by issuing revenue bonds, a process that would speed up the build by several decades.  The network is being built by Longmont Power and Communications, a city-owned utility north of Denver, Colorado…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2013

WUNC Radio Show Explores Muni Network Restrictions in North Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wunc-radio-show-explores-muni-network-restrictions-north-carolina

WUNC, a public radio station out of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, covered community owned networks and broadband availability on its recent “State of Things” midday program. I was a guest along with a local resident and a public relations executive from Time Warner Cable to discuss North Carolina’s broadband compared to other states and… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2013

Monopoly Utility (n): see “two-faced”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/monopoly-utility-two-faced/

Two weeks ago, I listened – incredulously – to Minnesota’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, suggest that solar energy offers its ratepayers no value as an environmental hedge against carbon emissions or as a price hedge against natural gas fuel price fluctuations. But just three days later, Xcel was singing a different tune [docket pdf] to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2013

Reminder: Alex Marshall Coming to Minneapolis October 24

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reminder-alex-marshall-coming-minneapolis-october-24

Earlier this month we alerted you to Alex Marshall’s upcoming appearance at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. We want to remind all of you “policy wonks, economists and planners of all types” that the event is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already, you can register for the event scheduled for 11:30 a.m…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2013

ECFiber: Significant Expansion in the Vermont Crowd-Funded Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ecfiber-significant-expansion-vermont-crowd-funded-network

The East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network (ECFiber) continues to grow, tripling in size in just the past year. We reported last summer that the community owned network had raised the funding for an expansion. Fundraising and reach surpassed the original expansion plan and the network now boasts 180 miles.  The Valley News recently reported… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2013

Mark Creekmore Takes on Windstream – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #69

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mark-creekmore-takes-windstream-community-broadband-bits-podcast-69

Earlier this year, Mark Creekmore transitioned from a frustrated DSL customer to a champion for better Internet access in Georgia. A concerned citizen and tech consultant, Mark joins us for the latest Community Broadband Bits podcast. He discusses his history with Windstream and the steps he went through to improve his Internet access. Along with… Continue reading