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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2017

Press Release: Minneapolis Mayor’s Proposed Budget Unlocks $2M+ for Clean Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-minneapolis-franchise-fee/

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — A few weeks ago, cities across the country responded to President Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord with their own commitments. But the City of Minneapolis, under a budget proposed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, is poised to do something novel: put real resources behind its climate and energy pledge. The mayor’s budget proposal would unlock more than $2 million in new funding, leverage more than $20 million in utility conservation funds and expand access to energy savings to many more residents and businesses Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2017

Voters Say “Yes!” to Fiber-to-the-Home in Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/voters-say-yes-to-fiber-to-the-home-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In a record high turnout for a non-general election, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, decided to approve a bond proposal to fund a publicly owned Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The measure passed with 66 percent of voters (622 votes) choosing yes and 34 percent (321 votes) voting no.   Geographically Close, Technologically Distant The community is located… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2017

Energy and Policy Institute Exposes Three Ways Electric Utilities Stomp Innovation and Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/energy-and-policy-institute-exposes-three-ways-electric-utilities-stomp-innovation-and-competition/

If you work to secure Americans’ rights to solar energy or to accelerate the deployment of inexpensive renewable energy, you understand that not everyone is in favor. In particular, incumbent electric utilities tend to oppose competition in their (often monopoly) share of the electricity market. Where competition exists, it is plagued by unfairness. Below, we… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2017

Visa Wants to Rule How We Pay for Purchases. But Its Market Power Has a High Cost.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/visa-wants-to-rule-how-we-pay-for-purchases-but-its-market-power-has-a-high-cost/

Visa has a new initiative that’s aimed at expanding its market power by going after cash transactions, and it says, creating “a culture where cash is no longer king.” What’s left implicit is that, instead, Visa wants to rule. But the dominance of Visa, along with Mastercard and the big banks that issue most credit cards, comes with high costs for business owners, workers, and consumers.
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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2017

Fond du Lac Band Builds Fiber Network in Northeast Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fond-du-lac-band-builds-fiber-network-in-northeast-minnesota/

Native nations are building community networks, owned and operated by tribal governments to ensure that Indian Country has high-speed Internet access. In July 2017, the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe announced a plan to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network to 900 homes that only had access to dial-up Internet service. The Duluth News Tribune reported that the Fond… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2017

Internet Association’s Video Looks At Network Neutrality And What ISPs Are Really Saying

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/internet-associations-video-looks-at-network-neutrality-and-what-isps-are-really-saying/

With the FCC taking another look at the advancements in network neutrality rules passed during the Obama administration, the topic has been on the lips of many segments of the population. Many of us consider a free an open Internet a necessity to foster innovation and investment, but the words from the lips of the big ISPs are changing, depending on whom they’re talking to. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2017

Connecting Rural America: Internet Access for All – Episode 26 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/connecting-rural-america-episode-26-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week, our Building Local Power podcast contains a conversation between guest host Nick Stumo-Langer and ILSR researchers Hannah Trostle and Christopher Mitchell to discuss the importance of connectivity in rural America and the barriers high quality local investment. The group discusses a number of topics, including how electric cooperatives are changing the dynamic on… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2017

Portland, OR says no to burning 200K tons of garbage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/portland-or-says-no-to-burning-200k-tons-of-garbage/

On August 8, 3027, The Portland Metro Council rejected a proposal from a Covanta incinerator to receive one-fifth of the tri-county region’s garbage at its Brooks, OR facility. No less than 15 organizations including the Portland Branch of the NAACP, Oregon Physicians for Social responsibility and Neighbors for Clean Air. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2017

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesotas-community-solar-program/

Update November 2016: From now on, we’ll keep the most recent data on the program’s development in this post I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Chloe Ashford | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2017

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of August 7, 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/energy-democracy-media-roundup-week-of-august-7-2017/

This week in Energy Democracy news: A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report reveals that as of last month, the majority of states have set energy efficiency goals, we check up on the state of Michigan’s electric vehicle policies, and Chattanooga’s municipal electric utility, EPB, makes strides with its new community solar project.   Featured… Continue reading