PACE Presentation: Overview, Update, and Future

Date: 8 Oct 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

PACE provides one of the most promising municipal energy financing tools and it’s been adopted by 22 states.  But resistance from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has put the brakes on new programs.  This presentation explores the rationale, the process, and the promise of PACE.… Read More

A New Deal for Local Economies — Lecture

Date: 2 Dec 2009 | posted in: Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Despite growing public support, local businesses are likely to remain on the economic margins without fundamental changes in public policy. In this lecture, delivered at the Bristol Schumacher Conference in Great Britain, Stacy Mitchell proposes a set of new rules — policies that would foster local self-reliance and refashion the economy for long-term viability.

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Listen: Cooperating for Community Renewable Energy

Date: 2 Nov 2009 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By creating decentralized, community-based renewable energy projects, tapping into the existing grid, and applying new smart grid technology, communities can maximize the economic returns of renewable energy production.… Read More

Buy Local Slide Show

Date: 3 Oct 2009 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This photo slideshow has examples from across the country of how local business alliances are encouraging people to choose independent businesses. … Read More

ILSR’s Minnesota Carbon Tax Shift Archives

In the 1990s, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and other energy activists in Minnesota undertook an effort to get Minnesota to adopt a billion dollar "tax shift" that would have raised the cost of energy while reducing taxes on income and/or property. ILSR was integrally involved in the design of the legislative proposal and examined the impacts on various sectors of Minnesota’s economy. Below you will find the archive of the materials that were prepared to support the initiative. Over several years, the proposal was debated extensively but never enacted into law. … Read More

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