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Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 8, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-december-8-2014/

Over the last two weeks in democratic energy, media reports discussed a serious threat to Minneapolis’ recent city-utility partnership, why conservatives are embracing solar, and more. ILSR’s own John Farrell was cited in Utility Dive, in Robert Walton’s article, “Will Santa Fe be the next city to municipalize its electric utility?” Walton reports: “John Farrell,… Continue reading

Article filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

Join ILSR Today in Strengthening Local Communities

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

Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. Click and Contribute Today! To our donors and partners, thank you for joining us as we work towards a prosperous future built from the bottom up. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

Community Connectivity Toolkit Launched

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-connectivity-toolkit-launched/

If your community is hungry for better connectivity, you may be interested in starting a community network initiative. Getting started can be a daunting task so we developed the Community Connectivity Toolkit. The Toolkit includes broad suggestions for steps you should take as you investigate solutions for your community. We also include resources to help… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

“Ask Us Anything” on Organizing for a Fiber Network Ready For Viewing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ask-anything-organizing-fiber-network-webinar/

On November 5th, we opened up the lines of communication for our first “Ask Us Anything: An Open Talk on Muni Networks” event. That event is now available on our YouTube Channel. We find many communities and their citizens are interested in exploring municipal networks as a possible method to improve connectivity but don’t know… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

Alaska’s Enlightened Approach to Drugs and Privacy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/alaskas-enlightened-approach-drugs-privacy/

Politicians left and right often use pet phrases to justify their positions:  states rights, individual liberty, personal responsibility.  Rarely are these consistently applied.  Even more rarely do politicians or political parties offer a coherent framework for deciding when a higher level of government should preempt a lower level of government or when individual liberty trumps… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 2, 2014

Chris Mitchell Presents in Brussels on the State of Fiber in the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/state-broadband-united-states-mitchell-brussels-fiber/

Chris was recently invited to present in Brussels on the experience of U.S. cities and fiber optic investment. The event was organized by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities (SALAR) and Stokab (The City of Stockholm IT infrastructure company). Mitchell gave an overview of the situation in the US and described the difficulties of getting high-capacity broadband,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 2, 2014

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

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

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25% of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it’s needed and juicing up local economies. But many states have limited how much of their electricity can… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 24, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-november-17-2014-2/

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the recent ruling for utilities in Wisconsin, the continued growth of solar in several states, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, recently presented on a panel about the City of Minneapolis’ partnership with Xcel. His talk was covered on PVSolarReport. ILSR’s report on the… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Nov 25, 2014

Is Per Capita Electricity Use Permanently Flat in the U.S.?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/capita-electricity-permanently-flat-u-s/

Here’s something to be thankful for: a more energy efficiency economy! While local renewable energy and energy efficiency are proving to be near-existential threats to electric utilities in the early 21st century, the trends aren’t the same. The rapid rise of renewable energy is but a decade old, but the trend toward falling electricity consumption… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

A 2-Year City Workplan for Energy Democracy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/proposed-2-year-strategy-energy-democracy-minneapolis/

The first-in-the-nation city-utility partnership has been framed in Minneapolis, but can the city and its utilities really deliver substantive movement toward an equitable energy economy in the next two years? It all depends on the workplan, and the grassroots team at Minneapolis Energy Options has delivered. (Disclosure: I serve on the board of Community Power… Continue reading