The 2021 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 2 Feb 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2021 Community Power Scorecard, 3 states excelled, 8 states and the District of Columbia saw above average scores, 12 were average, 14 were mediocre, and 14 states received failing grades at enabling individuals and communities to take charge of their energy futures.… Read More

Introducing the Community Power Interactive Toolkit: Power Up My Utility

Date: 21 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this video, John Farrell and Maria McCoy walk through the Energy Democracy Initiative’s latest release: the Power Up My Utility interactive toolkit. This new feature shows how customers can reform their electric utility.… Read More

Minneapolis Health Department Splits the Bill with Green Investors — Episode 121 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 13 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Patrick Hanlon discuss Green Cost Share: a program that promotes public health by matching investments in solar and energy efficiency projects.… Read More

New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

Date: 7 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem extends into the energy and electricity sector. While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America’s monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of the economy — including the electricity sector. The report is the latest in a series from ILSR focused on fighting monopoly power throughout several sectors of our economy, including Banking, Broadband, Food and Farming, Pharmacy, Waste and Recycling, and Small Business.… Read More

Model Ordinances to Support Ground-Mounted Distributed Solar

Date: 6 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This post explores how a community can put together a model solar ordinance. One example is Stearns County, Minn., whose solar ordinance protects pollinator habitat and ensures benefits to the wider community.… Read More

A Portland Fund, Collected from Corporations, Finances Community Benefits — Episode 120 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 30 Dec 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jaimes Valdez about the Portland Clean Energy Fund: a climate action fund for racial and social justice.… Read More

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