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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

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

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

Report: Sparking Grid Savings Starts at Home

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

  Download the Report   Browse the Report Introduction Big Potential Savings     Peak Reduction from Commercial Buildings     Peak Reduction from Homes Deepening of Peak Energy Reduction in Homes Powerful Examples Automated or No? Conclusion Footnotes Introduction In the past decade, two major trends have threatened the ability of electric utilities to… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2016

Report: North Carolina Connectivity – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-north-carolina-connectivity-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

North Carolina’s digital divide between urban and rural communities is increasing dangerously in a time when high quality Internet access is more important than ever. Rural and urban areas of North Carolina are essentially living in different realities, based on the tides of private network investment where rural communities are severely disadvantaged. The state has… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2016

The True Value of Recycling and the Waste Stream – Episode 2 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/the-true-value-of-recycling-episode-2-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Neil Seldman, ILSR co-founder and senior staff member of the Waste to Wealth initiative about the hidden value in our waste stream and, specifically, some recent comments made by the CEO of Waste Management, Inc. disparaging the value of recycling. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2016

David Morris Interviewed on CBS’ “The Fan” Show

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/david-morris-interviewed-on-cbs-the-fan-show/

CBS’ The Fan Show – 2007 Back in 2007, Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-founder David Morris spoke on CBS’ The Fan show. In his discussion, David spoke about and introduced ILSR, offered a bottom-up energy strategy, and proposed an effective populist strategy for reducing climate change. Listen to and download the audio here: Sign-up for… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2016

Report: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?

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

  Download the Report   Browse the Report Introduction: The Savings of Size?     Renewable Energy Economies of Scale Evidence to the Contrary     Limits to Scale in Wind     Limits to Scale in Solar     Does Big or Small Grow Fastest? Why Economics Isn’t the Issue Summary Footnotes   Conventional wisdom… Continue reading

Resource filed under Banking, Broadband, Energy, Independent Business, The Public Good, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2016

Want to Subscribe to our Building Local Power Podcast? Here’s How

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/subscribe-building-local-power-podcast/

In case you missed it, we launched a new podcast series last week. It’s called “Building Local Power” and it tells the story of how we at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, with our strong allies, are working to break the chains of monopoly power in all sectors of our economy and build local economies…. Continue reading

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

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, a Few Lessons from the Minneapolis 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

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

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

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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

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

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