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ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2017

Press Release: Mayor Hodges’ Budget Would Make Minneapolis a National Clean Energy Leader

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-hodges-budget-energy-leader/

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Cities across the country are grappling with extreme weather, rising sea levels, and an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of them have committed to do what they can to address this crisis. 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

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2017

Midwest Energy News features John Farrell on Minneapolis’ Franchise Fee Proposal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/midwest-energy-news-features-john-farrell-on-minneapolis-franchise-fee-proposal/

In the News: John Farrell September 12, 2017 Media Outlet: Midwest Energy News John Farrell’s expertise as a member of Minneapolis, Minn.’s Clean Energy Partnership and his continuing role promoting clean energy development was used in a Midwest Energy News piece by Frank Jossi. This piece describes Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges proposal to nominally increase a… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2017

The Week Doesn’t Appreciate Amazon’s Search for Subsidies, Cites ILSR’s Press Release

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-week-doesnt-appreciate-amazons-search-for-subsidies-cites-ilsrs-press-release/

In the News: Stacy Mitchell September 11, 2017 Media Outlet: The Week The Week’s Jeff Spross isn’t entertained by how Amazon is searching for massive subsidies from local governments in the process of establishing a second North American headquarters. In his piece he cites ILSR’s press release on why local governments are at a massive disadvantage… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2017

Press Release: Amazon Angles for Subsidies in Search of Second HQ

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

In response to Amazon’s announcement that it is seeking a location for a second North American headquarters, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, issued the following statement:

“Amazon’s announcement that it’s opening a search for a second North American headquarters is only the latest play in Amazon’s long-time strategy of financing its growth through public subsidies. Over the last decade, as Amazon has mastered this strategy, it’s come to employ site location experts and lobbyists in its efforts to pit local and state governments against each other for the largest subsidy package…. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2017

The New York Times Interviews Stacy Mitchell on Amazon’s Headquarters Subsidy Search

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-new-york-times-interviews-stacy-mitchell-on-amazons-headquarters-subsidy-search/

In the News: Stacy Mitchell September 7, 2017 Media Outlet: The New York Times ILSR co-director and Community Scaled Economies initiative director Stacy Mitchell was interviewed for a New York Times piece on Amazon’s search for subsidies in securing a second North American headquarters. The piece by Nick Wingfield and Patricia Cohen details the bidding… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2017

StateScoop Speaks to Christopher Mitchell on Industry Study Showing Positive Broadband Trends

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/statescoop-speaks-to-christopher-mitchell-on-industry-study-showing-positive-broadband-trends/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell September 6, 2017 Media Outlet: StateScoop USTelecom released an industry-funded report showing trends in expansion of broadband access. StateScoop’s Colin Wood reached out to Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell to discuss what this actually means for the millions with a reliable Internet connection or those residents in monopoly… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 31, 2017

Yale360 Seeks to Understand Utility Aversion to Renewables, John Farrell Helps Clarify

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/yale360-seeks-to-understand-utility-aversion-to-renewables-john-farrell-helps-clarify/

In the News: John Farrell August 31, 2017 Media Outlet: Yale360 Environment Jacques Leslie of Yale360 Environment’s research team delves into the complex relationship electric utilities across the United States have with increasing renewable energy deployment. ILSR Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell lends a hand in analysis of community owned renewable energy and the valuation… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2017

Minnesota Has the Best Community Solar Program — Here’s Why

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

This article was originally published on MinnPost on August 21st, 2017 in its Community Voice submission section. As a long-time advocate for community-scale investment in renewable energy, I’m often asked about community solar: a burgeoning part of the solar industry and a model for its growth. In community solar programs, multiple households or businesses near a common… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Brief Amazon-Whole Foods Probe Sparks Transparency Questions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brief-amazon-whole-foods-probe-sparks-transparency-questions/

In the News: Stacy Mitchell August 28, 2017 Media Outlet: Bloomberg BNA Stacy Mitchell’s analysis of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods was featured in Alexei Alexis’ Bloomberg BNA article on the uproar over the Federal Trade Commission’s brief review of the deal: Some public interest groups and congressional Democrats wanted the FTC to consider Amazon’s… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2017

West Virginia’s Broadband Abyss Spurs Solutions Across Ideological Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/west-virginias-broadband-abyss-spurs-solutions-across-ideological-divide/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell August 24th, 2017 Media Outlet: Morning Consult Christopher Mitchell weighed in on the value of the bill Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced in the Senate to channel millions into grants to build out broadband infrastructure for Mariam Baksh’s Morning Consult article. Christopher Mitchell, who directs… Continue reading