Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) talks with John Farrell about his history as a renewable energy activist and local control advocate and how he translates that work into his role in the state legislature.… Read More
This week: Commentary on the foibles of the merger of Dominion Energy and SCANA; the Hawaiian island of Kauai can now be served by 100% renewable energy; and limits on net metering in Kentucky are starting to take shape in an extremely negative way.… Read More
With the abdication of local economic revitalization at the federal level (and at some state levels), national media outlets are increasingly looking to local solutions. It didn’t take Alternet freelance reporter Valerie Vande Panne to find the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and our experts.
For her story Vande Panne discussed these issues with Christopher Mitchell, Community Broadband Networks initiative director, and Olivia LaVecchia, Community-Scaled Economy research associate.… Read More
Updated Community Networks Map now includes over 750 communities. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s map details the communities that are making investments in better connectivity providing the opportunity for other communities to build their own Internet infrastructure.… Read More
There’s so much writing about Amazon these days that it’s hard to know what to read. We recommend this piece from The Atlantic, which offers a nuanced look at what happens to communities when Amazon arrives, citing ILSR’s analysis.
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Jacqui Patterson, the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, talks with ILSR’s Neil Seldman and Nick Stumo-Langer about the practical implications of environmental justice.… Read More
In the News: Christopher Mitchell January 22nd, 2018 Media Outlet: Associated Press Cities and states across the country are angry at the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality protections guaranteeing Americans access to an Internet unthrottled by giant Internet companies. So, when Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock (D) delivered an order “to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state … Read More
In October 2017, John Farrell gave a keynote address to the annual meeting and expo of AERO, a Montana organization with a similar mission of empowering communities to promote a sustainable economy. He addressed the widespread opportunity for clean energy in Montana, the shared desire of communities to capture that growing economic opportunity, and three ways communities can get started.… Read More