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
Things are constantly changing in retail, from the death of some big-box stores to the growing threat of e-commerce to the re-emergence of local independent businesses. To sort all of this out, and what these vast changes mean for the state of Maine, the show “Maine Calling” from Maine Public Broadcasting aired a show featuring ILSR’s co-director and the director of our Community-Scaled Economy initiative Stacy Mitchell to answer questions and set the stage.… Read More
Earlier this year, our Energy Democracy initiative scored each state in the U.S. under the criteria of how well they enable community-owned renewable energy. This ranking surprised us and folks outside of the organization due to where some states fell. Minnesota, for instance, is lower in our list compared to where it ranks on other lists of renewable energy.
Frank Jossi of the Energy News Network covered Minnesota’s ranking and interviewed Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell on the ranking, his criteria, and what Minnesota can do to raise its ranking.… Read More
The Kit Carson Cooperative, an electricity provider that we’ve covered in both our Energy Democracy and Community Broadband Networks initiatives, is providing broadband access to member-owners of their rural community. The High Country News and reporters Leah Todd and Marisa Demarco covered the cooperative’s story for their publication and reached out to Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative.… Read More
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
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
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 should a city seeking 100% renewable energy focus on local generation? ILSR’s Director of Energy Democracy, John Farrell, provides a short presentation to a forum in Rochester, MN, with three reasons. … Read More
As we’ve documented over the years, a number of American small towns are taking on the big challenge of providing a better broadband Internet access future for their residents. In this article for Governing Magazine, Alex Marshall covers the phenomenon.
For his research, Marshall reached out to Christopher Mitchell, ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director for feedback on why small communities are investing in this infrastructure.… Read More