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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2016

Fact Sheet on Minnesota’s Rural Digital Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-minnesotas-rural-digital-divide/

The fact sheet highlights the great work that Minnesota cooperatives and municipalities have done to bring fast, affordable, reliable Internet service to rural areas throughout the state. They’ve built many Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks, but there is still much work to do. One in 4 Minnesotans lives in a rural area, and of those rural households,… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

Amazon’s Growing Stranglehold – Episode 6 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/amazons-growing-stranglehold-episode-6-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode six of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast click here. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell (no relation) ILSR Co-Director and Senior Researcher for the Community-Scaled Economies initiative about their latest report: Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2016

Mapping Amazon’s U.S. Logistics Network

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

Amazon’s been expanding its infrastructure at a breakneck pace. In order to better visualize the company’s expansion in the U.S., we’ve mapped it. Continue reading

Amazon.com Fulfillment Center RNO1 Fernley, Nevada, August 8, 2007.
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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2016

Report: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

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

Amazon has quietly positioned itself at the center of a growing share of our daily activities and transactions, extending its tentacles across our economy, and with it, our lives. In this new report, we pull back the curtain on the company, and find that it’s at the center of increasing inequality and diminishing opportunity, and that it’s concentrating power in ways that endanger competition, community life, and democracy. We also examine how public policy should address Amazon’s high costs. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Nov 23, 2016

Video: Compost Happens, But Training Matters​

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-compost-happens/

Composting is an age-old practice that still benefits our soils as much today as it did in ancient times. But, what many people may not know is that proper training matters in order to create this “black gold” both safely and effectively. At ILSR’s Composting for Community Project, we’re cultivating a greater awareness of the myriad benefits compost can provide to our soils… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2016

In New England, Cooperative Values Drive Solar Growth – Episode 41 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-new-england-cooperative-values-drive-solar-growth-episode-41-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

New England offers some of the nation’s biggest incentives for renewable energy generation, but high upfront costs and complicated financing mean many residents are still missing out on the opportunity to go solar. But one cooperative, with a series of pioneering programs, is beginning to change that. Co-op Power, headquartered in Massachusetts, has steadily built… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2016

Video: Prospect Heights Community Farm Community Composting Feature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-prospect-heights-community-farm/

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we document and promote innovative uses of local power that can be used around the country. Community composting is a way that neighborhoods can take control of what could be waste, such as food scraps, and turn it into wealth, such as healthy soil. Prospect Heights Community Farm in Brooklyn shows… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2016

Broadband Boosted at the Ballot, An Election Wrap-Up – Episode 5 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/broadband-boosted-at-the-ballot-episode-5-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode five of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast click here. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Lisa Gonzalez, Senior Researcher for the Community Broadband Networks initiative about the recent election and what it means for municipal broadband networks across… Continue reading

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

Report: Inclusive Financing for Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-inclusive-energy-financing/

Download the Report   Browse the Report Executive Summary A Huge Opportunity      Limitations      A Necessary Paradigm Shift A Powerful Universal Tool: Inclusive On-Bill Repayment      Program Design       Key Results      Instant Savings      Universal Access      Simplicity      Bigger Savings      Low Default… Continue reading

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

Webinar: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? – Register Now

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/webinar-is-bigger-best-in-renewable-energy/

On Monday, December 5th from 12:00-1:00PM CST, John Farrell will be delivering a webinar, titled “Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?“ Conventional wisdom suggest the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who owns them, matters more. In this webinar, John Farrell will present the findings from… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2016

Powering a Political Revolution, North Dakota’s Non-Partisan League – Episode 4 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/powering-a-political-revolution-episode-3-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Update November 16, 2016: Full transcript of this podcast is now available. Welcome to the fourth episode of the Building Local Power podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, the co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative… Continue reading

Mighty Microgrids Presentation
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2016

Video: Mighty Microgrids – BioCycle REFOR16 Presentation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-mighty-microgrids-biocycle-refor16-presentation/

On October 18th, John Farrell delivered a keynote presentation to the annual gathering of the BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling (REFOR16) in Orlando, Florida. In this presentation, Farrell details how microgrids are a realistic piece of our renewable energy future and the intersection of biogas and other renewable energy technologies, such as solar and… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Energy Democracy: Customer Control over Renewable Energy – Episode 3 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/energy-democracy-episode-3-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Update November 16, 2016: Full transcript of this podcast is now available. Welcome to the third episode of the Building Local Power podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, the director of our Energy Democracy initiative about the concept of energy democracy and about his… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2016

Brenda Platt Speaks to San Diego Food Waste Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-speaks-to-san-diego-food-waste-summit/

On September 27th, Brenda Platt presented “Composting to Build Local Equity” at the San Diego Food System Alliance’s Food Waste Summit 2 in San Diego. Brenda outlined the benefits of composting and the importance of a distributed infrastructure in order to build local soils, local businesses, local jobs, and local equity. Her remarks set the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 12, 2016

Further Thoughts on the Economics of Losing the Federal Solar Tax Credit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/further-thoughts-on-the-economics-of-losing-the-federal-solar-tax-credit/

Amid the discussion over ending the federal solar tax credit in 2015, I published an analysis of the less-than-expected hit to residential solar costs. I made a big mistake. Instead of a 2.5% cost increase, the impact of the expired tax credit would be closer to 13.3%. But a revised and deeper investigation also shows… Continue reading