A Timeline of State Energy Efficiency Standards

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a nice graphic of the timeline of state energy efficiency standard adoption on the web anywhere (that I could find).  So I made one. Hat tip to Center for Climate and Energy Solutions for the template and to ACEEE for the data.   This article originally posted at ilsr.org. For timely … Read More

Citizen Ownership Remains Foundation of German Renewable Energy Explosion

Date: 2 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I’ve been posting updates on local ownership of renewable energy in Germany since early 2011, and it’s abundantly clear that the Germans have yet to back down from their commitment to democratic, locally owned power. The following chart continues the series.  For explanation, click the previous link, but know that traditional electric utilities are contained within … Read More

Community Solar Gardens Sprouting in Minnesota

Date: 22 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On April 7, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission resoundingly rejected (click the link for an annotated ruling) a severely lacking community solar gardens proposal from Xcel Energy and required substantial improvements for the utility’s revised filing. The regulatory smack-down means a promising community solar market for Minnesota (scroll down for the infographic version).     The … Read More

Change in Volume of Bank Loans to Businesses, by Loan Size, 2000-2012

Date: 15 Apr 2014 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Since 2000, the overall volume of business lending per capita at banks has grown by 26 percent, but this expansion has entirely benefited large businesses. Small business loan volume at banks is down 14 percent and micro business loan volume is down 33 percent. … Read More

Postcard to Incoming FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Date: 20 Nov 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

  As new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler begins serving the public, we want to welcome him with open arms and some good advice. ILSR teamed up with the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) to create a personalized postcard with ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell. We hope he will print it out, frame it, and place it prominently on his desk. … Read More

Big Utility’s Two-Faced Talk on Low-Carbon Energy [infographic]

Date: 25 Oct 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What happens when a monopoly utility sees a threat to their business model? A lot of two-faced talking to regulators about the best carbon-free energy sources. Read here for more background.     Like what you see?  Get a weekly email on Democratic Energy, or follow us on Twitter:

Comic: Longmont to Decide on Fiber Bonds by Referendum November 5th

Date: 25 Oct 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 5th, citizens of Longmont will vote on a referendum determining whether to expedite building a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network by issuing revenue bonds, a process that would speed up the build by several decades.  The network is being built by Longmont Power and Communications, a city-owned utility north of Denver, Colorado. The … Read More

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