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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2017

Sherco Power Plant: The Wrong Project, for the Wrong Reasons, At a Big Cost

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sherco-power-plant-the-wrong-project-for-the-wrong-reasons-at-a-big-cost/

Have you seen this advertisement from Xcel Energy? We’ve done a little bit of work to clarify their message for them.

The proposed Sherco natural gas plant bill will soon be at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s desk, after you watch our video, give him a call and tell him you oppose this billion-dollar boondoggle. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2017

Citizens Take a Stand in Broadband Access Debate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/citizens-take-a-stand-in-broadband-access-debate/

WNYC Radio’s The Takeaway – February 21, 2017

Christopher recently took some time to visit with John Hockenberry on The Takeaway from PRI and WNYC. The conversation covered municipal networks, big cable and telephone monopolies, and how local community initiatives for better connectivity are raising the bar in rural areas. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2017

State Needs Better Broadband, Not Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-needs-better-broadband-not-subsidies/

Knoxville News Sentinel – February 19, 2017

If you were tasked with improving the internet access across Tennessee, a good first start would be to examine what is working and what’s not. But when the General Assembly debates broadband, it frequently focuses on what AT&T and Comcast want rather than what is working. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Value of Utility Scale vs. Rooftop Solar Debated Amid Price Decline

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/value-of-utility-scale-vs-rooftop-solar-debated-amid-price-decline/

Daily Energy Insider – February 14, 2017

By Kevin Randolph

Over the last decade, the price of solar installations has declined significantly, but the electric utilities industry continues to debate the value and cost effectiveness of utility scale versus rooftop solar. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2017

How Microgrids are Reducing Energy Costs and Increasing Reliability

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-microgrids-are-reducing-energy-costs-and-increasing-reliability/

Aquicore – February 10, 2017

By Alex Richardson

The American energy grid is, without a doubt, one of the most ambitious and impressive engineering feats in history. Never before has so much energy been immediately available and transmissible, and it operates on a scale that is difficult to properly imagine. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Commentary: Removing Co-op Oversight Jeopardizes Rural Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/commentary-removing-co-op-oversight-jeopardizes-rural-solar/

Midwest Energy News – February 8, 2017

By John Farrell & Karlee Weinmann

A plan floated by Minnesota lawmakers to exempt rural electric cooperatives from virtually all regulatory oversight would allow these utilities to restrict development of local solar power, even where their member-owners support renewable energy. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Amazon And Google May Face Antitrust Scrutiny Under Trump

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-and-google-may-face-antitrust-scrutiny-under-trump/

Forbes – February 8, 2017 By Sally Hubbard Powerful tech platforms have platform privilege – the incentive and ability to prioritize their own products and services over those of competitors. In my last Washington Bytes post, I wrote about Facebook competing against news publishers that depend on its platform to reach customers. In the same way,… Continue reading

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

As Small Businesses Struggle, These U.S. Cities are Helping Entrepreneurs Thrive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/as-small-businesses-struggle-these-u-s-cities-are-helping-entrepreneurs-thrive/

Curbed Magazine – February 7, 2017

Whether it’s a single block of stores in an idyllic small town or the business district of a bustling urban square, every vision of Main Street America has something in common: a panoply of small businesses, symbols of American opportunity and success.

But in today’s economy, that vision often looks as realistic as a Rockwell painting. According to Dynamism in Retreat, a new report by the Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan public policy think tank, small businesses aren’t just suffering—they’re in the midst of a striking, and historic, decline. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2017

Maryland Considers Bill to Require Study of Organics Processing Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maryland-considers-bill-to-require-study-of-organics-processing-infrastructure/

WasteDive – February 6, 2017

Based on an executive order from former Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland has a goal of diverting 60% if its organic waste by 2020. This is part of a larger goal of reaching 85% waste diversion and 80% recycling by 2040, which has been supported by current Governor Larry Hogan. According to a recent report, the state has an estimated 30 years of remaining landfill capacity and its per capita generation rate is higher than the national average. MDE could technically conduct this study at any time — and advised legislative staff that the proposed bill could be implemented using existing resources — but formally requiring it is seen as a necessary step. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2017

Eagle Eye Team Report: Broadband Expansion Languishes in Berkshires

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/eagle-eye-team-report-broadband-expansion-languishes-in-berkshires/

Berkshire Eagle – February 4, 2017

Nearly 10 years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick came to Becket with a promise of information-age equity: broadband internet service across Western Massachusetts. By 2011, he said.

And yet the “digital divide” persists. Continue reading