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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2015

Questioning Solar Energy Economies of Scale, 2014 Edition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/questioning-solar-energy-economies-of-scale-2014-edition/

While utilities continue to imply that large-scale solar projects are more economical than small ones, the data is telling another story. In fact, costs for transmission and distribution of utility-scale solar energy may largely undermine the modestly better economics at the point of generation. In other words (as I wrote a month ago), Utility Solar… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2015

A Rising Wind: Better Tech Means Greater State Wind Potential

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/a-rising-wind-better-tech-means-greater-state-wind-potential/

For states looking to reduce their reliance on dirty, imported energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory brings good news on the wind. In a May 2015 report, significantly more wind power potential was found in nearly every state thanks to advancing turbine technology. In 2015, 40 states could produce 50% or more of their annual electricity… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2015

Comcast’s Big Gig Rip-Off

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/comcasts-big-gig-rip-off-2/

For some five years now, many have been talking about gigabit Internet access speeds. After arguing for years that no one needed higher capacity connections, Comcast has finally unveiled its new fiber optic option. And as Tech Dirt notes, it is marketed as being twice as fast but costs 4x as much (even more in… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2015

Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It’s Also Worth Less

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/utility-solar-may-cost-less-but-its-also-worth-less/

A new report released this week asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scale solar. The clear implication is that we should let incumbent utilities build or buy solar from large-scale arrays instead of allowing customers to generate their own power. There are several reasons to seriously question the mistaken assertion that big… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Solar Potential on Public Buildings in Kansas City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/solar-potential-on-public-buildings-in-kansas-city/

How much solar is installed on municipal buildings? How much could be installed? As we discovered in writing ILSR’s Public Rooftop Revolution report—the latest in the Rooftop Revolution series—nobody had the answer, for almost every city we contacted. But in the course of the research, three cities answered our call to analyze their rooftop solar potential… Continue reading

Minneapolis Solar Potential Municipal buildings map
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2015

Solar Potential on Public Buildings in Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/solar-potential-on-public-buildings-in-minneapolis/

How much solar is installed on municipal buildings? How much could be installed? As we discovered in writing ILSR’s Public Rooftop Revolution report—the latest in the Rooftop Revolution series—nobody had the answer, for almost every city we contacted. But in the course of the research, three cities answered our call to analyze their rooftop solar potential… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2015

Distributed Solar Surges in Early 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/distributed-solar-surges-in-early-2015/

Distributed solar was 13% of all new power plant capacity in 2014, and 2015 is starting off even bigger. Distributed residential and commercial solar installations surged 45% over the same period last year and accounted for 35% of all new power plant capacity in the first quarter of 2015. The following chart shows the quarterly… Continue reading

Graph: New banks created by year, 1993 to 2013.
Resource filed under Banking | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2015

Number of New Banks Created by Year, 1993 to 2013

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/number-of-new-banks-created-by-year-1993-to-2013/

The number of community banks has declined sharply in the last few years. Part of the decline is owed to the fact that virtually no new banks have been created since 2009. Between 2004 and 2008, an average of about 300 commercial banks disappeared each year, mostly as a result of mergers. But these losses were offset by the creation of 146 new banks each year on average. From 2009 to 2013, we continued to lose about the same number of banks annually, but gained only 6 new banks on average each year. Continue reading

Chart: Small Business Loans as a Share of Assets, 2014.
Resource filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Small Business Loans as a Share of Assets, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/small-business-loans-as-share-of-assets-2014/

Small and mid-sized financial institutions devote a greater share of their assets to small business lending. Continue reading

Chart: Share of Loans Made to Small Businesses, 2014.
Featured Article, Resource filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Small Business Lending by Size of Institution, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/small-business-lending-by-size-of-institution-2014/

In 2014, community-based financial institutions made 60 percent of all small business loans, even though they control only 24 percent of banking assets. Continue reading

Graph: Bad Loans by Bank Size.
Resource filed under Banking | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Percentage of Bad Loans by Size of Bank, 1999 to 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/percentage-of-bad-loans-by-size-of-bank/

As this graph shows, giant banks consistently make poorer lending decisions and write-off more bad loans than community banks do, and the financial crisis heightened this trend. Continue reading

Graph: Share of U.S. Deposits, 2014.
Resource filed under Banking | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Share of Deposits by Size of Institution, 1995 to 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/distribution-of-deposits-by-size-of-financial-institution/

The share of U.S. deposits held by the largest financial institutions has exploded from 7 percent in 1995 to 58 percent in 2014, as these three charts show. Continue reading

Chart: Bank Market Share, 2014.
Resource filed under Banking | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Bank Market Share by Size of Institution, 1995 to 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/bank-market-share-by-size-of-institution/

As these six graphs show, bank market share has changed dramatically between 1995 and 2014 as giant banks have come to dominate the banking sector. Continue reading

Chart: Bank market share in 2014.
Featured Article, Resource filed under Banking | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Just How Concentrated Is Our Banking Sector? [Video]

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

This 90-second video shows how giant banks have devoured the banking sector over the past 20 years. Continue reading