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Article filed under Energy | Written by Kelsey Henquinet | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2017

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of October 16, 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-october-16-2017/

This week in Energy Democracy news: Two U.S. cities say yes to municipal solar solutions; The Trump Administration continues to back coal and nuclear plants; and The Washington Post explains why 2017 is the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2017

In Small-Town Iowa, a Movement to Own the Future — Episode 50 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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A citizen-led effort to establish in a city-run electric utility in the small northeast Iowa community of Decorah is picking up steam, with advocates — including some local officials — forecasting significant local economic growth powered by the transition. Decorah, with about 8,000 residents, is tucked in the northwest corner of Iowa just south of… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 12, 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 The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2017

A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer, Dynamic Pricing

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This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the beginning there were no fixed prices.  Every transaction involved a negotiation between buyer and seller. Then, in 1861, as Guardian reporter Tim Adams informs us, Philadelphia retailer John Wanamaker introduced price tags along with the slogan, “If… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Barich | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2017

Franklin County Infrastructure Bank to Invest in Grove City, Ohio’s Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/franklin-county-infrastructure-bank-to-invest-in-grove-city-ohios-fiber-network/

On August 1, 2017, the Franklin County Infrastructure Bank awarded Grove City, Ohio a $2 million loan to support their construction of a municipal fiber optic network. The Grove City Plan According to the city’s Request for Proposal (RFP), the city is focused on first establishing an institutional network (I-Net) and plan to expand it to serve local businesses over… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2017

Couldn’t Make It To Ammon, Idaho? Christopher Mitchell’s Presentation Featured in Videos

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You may not have been able to get to Ammon, Idaho, to attend the official lighting ceremony of the community’s open access fiber network. Perhaps you weren’t able to watch the stream to the event either; life is demanding and sometimes we just can’t fit everything into our day. But you can still watch the event at… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2017

Big Finance is Destroying Big Retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/big-finance-is-destroying-big-retail/

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the 1980s, leveraged buyouts became financial engineering’s newest invention. Corporate raiders would use the assets of the target corporation to collateralize the debt required to take it over. The resulting large debt payments burdened… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2017

Fiber for Key Industrial Areas Coming to Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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Over the past several decades, the population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has incrementally jumped up and down, but today’s population is the same as it was in 1960. In order to boost economic development and encourage growth with more jobs, community leaders are deploying fiber for better connectivity in several industrial areas. Financial Help For Fiber Connectivity… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2017

Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win – Episode 30 of the Building Local Power Podcast

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Barry Lynn, head of the Open Markets Institute, has some good news for those concerned about concentrated corporate power and the implications for our livelihoods and our democracy: “We will win”. In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR Co-director Stacy Mitchell interviews Lynn about the changes in policy that gave rise to today’s monopolies, including the… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Kelsey Henquinet | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 2017

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of October 2, 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-october-2-2017/

This Week in Energy Democracy News:

Experts discuss how Florida will rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and create better energy resiliency; the Trump Administration looks to nuclear and coal over renewables for funding; and state-level RPSs are defended as a viable option or further renewable deployment. Continue reading