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Matthew Douglas-May is interning with ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative. He is a rising junior at St. Olaf College majoring in Environmental Studies and concentrating in Management Studies and Latin American Studies. When he is not working on researching energy democracy and learning more about ILSR, you may find Matthew playing Ultimate Frisbee or biking around the Twin Cities.

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matthew Douglas-May | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2017

Zero is the Hero: Zero Net Energy Buildings Reach New Communities, Promising Savings, and Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city leaders, regulators, and… Continue reading