Video: The Coming of Energy Democracy – Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

Date: 4 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On June 17, John Farrell delivered a keynote address to the annual Midwest Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart policies can lead to the downfall of the monopoly electric utility. Thank you to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association for the recording of … Read More

Video: The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy – CommonBound 2016 Conference

Date: 1 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On July 9, John Farrell spoke to a group at the CommonBound 2016 Conference. The conference brought hundreds of leaders together to share “visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change” in areas such as energy policy and economic justice. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart policies … Read More

Presentation: Re-Member-ing the Electric Cooperative

Date: 14 Jun 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In March of 2016, we published a report on the state of rural electric cooperatives in the current electricity market: Re-Member-ing the Electric Cooperative. Below you will find our newly developed presentation based on this report. Forward and share widely.… Read More

Watch: Beyond Sharing Webinar Recording

Date: 27 May 2016 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Update: Please note that slides 29 and 30 are in error and view our corrected analysis of the federal tax credit expiration. On May 11th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted a webinar titled “Beyond Sharing.” The webinar was led by John Farrell, the Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative. The webinar was based on our … Read More

Video: John Farrell Keynote Presentation – Salt Spring Community Energy Conference

Date: 12 May 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s John Farrell was the keynote speaker for the Salt Spring Community Energy Group’s 2016 Conference in British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, April 23rd. Following the keynote presentation there were over a dozen different workshops on new energy methods and technologies that can be implemented by homeowners and businesses. John’s plenary illustrated the opportunities that communities such … Read More

Cultivating Community Composting Forum and Workshop Bring Composters Together

Date: 16 Feb 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

More than 70 community composters from all over the US gathered in Jacksonville to discuss best practices for community composting.… Read More

Zapped by the Utility: 5 Reasons Raising Fixed Fees is Unfair

Date: 5 Feb 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like mine, your eyes probably glaze when you see items like “fuel cost adjustment clause,” but tucked in your monthly electric bill are two big components that matter. One is a fixed amount you pay to be connected to the grid every month. The second is a variable portion is based on what you use. Your … Read More

Watch: Can Energy Democracy Energize the “Good Life” in Nebraska?

Date: 15 Dec 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell, this year’s keynote speaker at the Sierra Club of Nebraska’s Annual Event on November 21st, 2015.  The presentation illustrates the march towards energy democracy by highlighting the spread of affordable distributed energy resources (such as wind and solar) and the intense pressure it … Read More

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