Introducing the Community Power Interactive Toolkit: Power Up My Utility

Date: 21 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this video, John Farrell and Maria McCoy walk through the Energy Democracy Initiative’s latest release: the Power Up My Utility interactive toolkit. This new feature shows how customers can reform their electric utility.… Read More

DIY Compost Screeners — Baltimore Community Compost Sites Build Their Own

Date: 20 Jan 2021 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As part of ILSR’s Baltimore Composting for Community Project, we are supporting about a dozen community compost sites in the city. This month we hosted two events in Baltimore to build DIY compost screeners designed for the community scale.… Read More

Bar Harbor, Maine Considers Building Its Own Broadband Network After Big ISP Raises Prices Tenfold

Date: 15 Jan 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Charter has signaled that it will begin to charge Bar Harbor $45,000 a year for access via – a ten-fold increase over the $4,500/year the town currently pays. On December 15 the Town Council voted unanimously to place a $750,000 proposal to build their own institutional network onto the 2022 budget draft review.… Read More

Minneapolis Health Department Splits the Bill with Green Investors — Episode 121 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 13 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Patrick Hanlon discuss Green Cost Share: a program that promotes public health by matching investments in solar and energy efficiency projects.… Read More

Model Ordinances to Support Ground-Mounted Distributed Solar

Date: 6 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This post explores how a community can put together a model solar ordinance. One example is Stearns County, Minn., whose solar ordinance protects pollinator habitat and ensures benefits to the wider community.… Read More

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