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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2016

The Dark Store Tax Dodge of Big-Box Retailers – Episode 1 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/dark-store-tax-dodge-episode-1-of-building-local-power-podcast/

In the first episode of our new podcast series, “Building Local Power,” Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Olivia LaVecchia, a research associate with our Community-Scaled Economy initiative, about her work on the “dark store” strategy that big-box retailers have been using to slash their property tax assessments. Continue reading

Minneapolis at Night
Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2016

At the Two-Year Mark, Key Takeaways from the Clean Energy Partnership – Episode 40 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/at-the-two-year-mark-key-takeaways-from-the-clean-energy-partnership-episode-40-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

Minneapolis garnered national attention when it formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with local utilities to advance sustainable, efficient energy policy. Now, as communities across the U.S. increasingly push for influence over their energy futures, the Midwestern city offers a blueprint for what works and a taste of the challenges that come with cooperation. John Farrell, who… Continue reading

Breaking Through Power Conference
Article, Event filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 14, 2016

ILSR Co-Founder Speaking at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-co-founder-speaking-at-ralph-naders-breaking-through-power-conference/

On Monday, September 26th, Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-founder Neil Seldman will present at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference in Washington D.C. His presentation: “Community Business is Revolutionary” will be at 11:10AM at Carnegie Institution of Washington. Tickets for one-day passes are only $10 and can be purchased through TicketMaster. Here is the description of the… Continue reading

PRN.FM David Interview
Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2016

David Morris Interviewed on PRN.FM’s “It’s Our Money” Radio Show

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/david-morris-interviewed-on-prn-fms-its-our-money-radio-show/

Progressive Radio Network, August 17, 2016 On August 17, 2016 David Morris was interviewed on the It’s Our Money radio show, hosted by PRN.FM (the Progressive Radio Network). This conversation was a follow-up on a piece written by David on the history of the Non-Partisan League in North Dakota. Here’s the link to the Public Banking… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2016

In Santa Fe, Momentum Builds for Locals to Take Charge of Electricity System – Episode 39 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-santa-fe-momentum-builds-for-locals-to-take-charge-of-electricity-system-episode-39-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

A widening chasm between what customers want and what Santa Fe’s electric utility delivers is bolstering a campaign to rejigger power production and distribution, possibly putting the city itself in charge. The municipalization campaign, years in the making, comes as the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) leans on a long-term strategy that shortchanges… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2016

Watch: Policy Tools That Enable Local Businesses to Thrive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-policy-tools-that-enable-local-businesses-to-thrive/

For too long, public policy has rigged the market to favor big corporations and undermine small, locally owned businesses, especially those launched by women and people of color. In this video of a panel session at the CommonBound conference, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and others discuss how, now, local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2016

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q2 2016)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/distributed-generation-under-fire-q2-2016/

States nationwide continued to adjust their solar generation policies in ways that curtail the benefits of distributed generation in the second quarter of this year, a trend that softened slightly after a harsh start to 2016. All told, 42 states plus Washington D.C. saw policy action related to net metering, rate design or solar ownership… Continue reading

Community Power Map
Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2016

Introducing the Community Power Map

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

Where are communities taking charge of their energy future? Which states give communities the most power? ILSR’s newly-released Community Power Map provides an interactive illustration of how communities are accelerating the transition toward 100% renewable energy and how state policies help or hinder greater local action. You can help. If we’re missing a state policy, grassroots… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2016

SandyNet Increases Speeds, Keeps Low Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-increases-speeds-keeps-low-prices/

This post was written by ILSR intern, Alex Dangel. On July 4th, Sandy, Oregon’s municipal fiber-optic network, SandyNet, permanently increased the speed of its entry-level Internet package from 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) to 300 Mbps at no additional cost to subscribers. The city announced the speed boost for its $39.95 per month tier in a… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2016

Is New York’s “Compromise” the Future for Net Metering?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/is-new-yorks-compromise-the-future-for-net-metering/

Across the country, utilities are battling their customers over solar, and typically trying to undermine customers that want to cut their energy bills by installing solar arrays. But not all fights end with one side or the other “winning.” In April 2016, New York utilities—already starting down the road to a new market structure under… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2016

Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business: The Case for Restoring America’s Once Robust Antitrust Policies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopoly-power-and-the-decline-of-small-business/

The United States is much less a nation of entrepreneurs than it was a generation ago. This report suggests that the decline of small businesses is owed, at least in part, to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations. Drawing on examples in pharmacy, banking, telecommunications, and retail, it finds that big companies routinely use their size and their economic and political power to undermine their smaller rivals and exclude them from markets. This report presents three compelling reasons to bring a commitment to fair and open markets for small businesses back into antitrust enforcement and public policy, and concludes by outlining several specific steps to revive competition and small business. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2016

Listen: A Global Village and a Globe of Villages – David Morris’ Speech from 1997

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-a-global-village-or-a-globe-of-villages-david-morris-speech-from-1997/

On April 23rd, 1997, David Morris delivered a speech to the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The title of his talk was “A Global Village and a Globe of Villages” and, even though this talk was delivered nearly 20 years ago, is instructive for our current national conversation. The way that our world is… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2016

Video: The Coming of Energy Democracy – Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-the-coming-of-energy-democracy-midwest-renewable-energy-fair/

On June 17, John Farrell delivered a keynote address to the annual Midwest Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart policies can lead to the downfall of the monopoly electric utility. Thank you to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association for the recording… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2016

Video: The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy – CommonBound 2016 Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-the-shocking-impact-of-boring-energy-policy-commonbound-2016-conference/

On July 9, John Farrell spoke to a group at the CommonBound 2016 Conference. The conference brought hundreds of leaders together to share “visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change” in areas such as energy policy and economic justice. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2016

Video: Choices Within Monopoly – A Grid of the Future Conversation with Jon Wellinghoff

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-choices-within-monopoly-a-grid-of-the-future-conversation-with-jon-wellinghoff/

In November 2015, Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the grid of the future. In particular, he addressed the issue of giving customers meaningful choices within a monopoly grid model, present in Minnesota and 34 other states. In the following video, he outlines… Continue reading