Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses (Episode 44)

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ranging as high-speed broadband access, electric utilities, and Facebook’s recent Congressional foibles.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of April 16, 2018

Date: 17 Apr 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: Legislative action on solar energy on the state level, both positive (Kentucky) and negative (South Carolina); a nonprofit is bringing small-scale renewables to the rooftops of poor residents of Brooklyn; a rundown of the showdown in Decorah, Iowa regarding local control over their energy future; and an interesting report from Maryland detailing the benefits of distributed renewables.… Read More

Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste” (Episode 43)

Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer sit down with long-time friend and ILSR co-founder Neil Seldman and Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer to discuss their successful reuse business and how they fit into the wider Berkeley community.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of April 2, 2018

Date: 4 Apr 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: Big movements in state legislatures across the U.S. about new renewable energy technologies (electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Maryland & battery storage in Colorado); a Hawaiian university is moving to become the first 100% renewable campus; movement on an electric utility nuclear power plant bill in Minnesota that is slated to benefit utility shareholders; and an Indiana utility’s legislator friends are giving them a hand.… Read More

Two Small American Cities Present ILSR-produced Municipal Broadband Video at City Council Meetings

Date: 28 Mar 2018 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Andalusia, Alabama & Coulee Dam, Washington members of the each city council were interested in learning more about municipal broadband and how it could work for their communities. That’s where the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s resources came in in a great example of our resources reaching far and wide.… Read More

Why Aren’t Wages Rising? The Answer Sounds a Lot Like Monopoly (Episode 42)

Date: 22 Mar 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Marshall Steinbaum, a labor economist and research director at the Roosevelt Institute, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss what is keeping American’s wages low and the prevalence of monopsony in our economy.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of March 19, 2018

Date: 20 Mar 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: A big milestone in California as it relates to renewable energy and peak demand percentage; a new, conservative clean energy organization in Indiana; isolated Maine communities considering microgrid technologies; and how a Politico Magazine writer is coming to understand the green economy and its contours.… Read More

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