25 VERMONT TOWNS JOIN EAST CENTRAL VERMONT COMMUNITY FIBER NETWORK

Date: 5 Mar 2008 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, Minn.– (March 5, 2008).  The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) congratulates the 25 Vermont towns that have voted to join the East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network.  These rural towns have rejected dependency on outside providers in order to build the infrastructure they need.

At least nine of the towns were unanimous in their support of the publicly owned fiber network.  Many of the other towns still registered over 90% support for the measure.

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New Anti-Ethanol Studies Reach Wrong Conclusion on Greenhouse Gases

Date: 15 Feb 2008 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new policy brief from Institute for Local Self Reliance criticizes the authors of two recent studies published in Science for advancing a conclusion not supported by their own studies. ILSR’s paper notes that the vast majority of today’s ethanol production comes from corn cultivated on land that has been in corn production for generations.… Read More

Carbon Caps With Universal Dividends: Equitable, Ethical & Politically Effective Climate Policy

Date: 28 Jan 2008 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new policy brief from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance concludes that universal dividends are a critically important tool to create the political will and public acceptance for a carbon cap. Universal dividends have the potential to hold harmless a large segment of consumers while we move to a low-carbon economy. Moreover, the universal dividend honors the principle that the sky belongs to all of us equally.… Read More

New Report Concludes: To Be Competitive, Cities Must Own High Speed Information Networks

Date: 22 Jan 2008 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 New Report Concludes: To Be Competitive, Cities Must Own High Speed Information Networks https://ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/files/munibb_0.pdfMinneapolis, Minn.– (January 22, 2008). The United States, creator of the Internet, increasingly lags in high-speed access to it. In … Read More

New Report Concludes: To Be Competitive, Cities Must Own High Speed Information Networks

Date: 22 Jan 2008 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The United States, creator of the Internet, increasingly lags in high-speed access to it. In the absence of a national broadband strategy, hundreds of communities have invested in broadband infrastructure to solve their problem locally. A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) explores this essential infrastructure and the options now available to communities.

The ILSR Report contends that DSL and cable networks fail to offer the speeds and capacity necessary for the digital future.

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New Study Proposes Powerful Strategy To Expand Renewable Energy and Boost Local Economies

Date: 17 Jan 2008 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 NEW STUDY PROPOSES POWERFUL STRATEGY TO EXPAND RENEWABLE ENERGY AND BOOST LOCAL ECONOMIES https://ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/files/images/feed-in-tariffs.pdfMinneapolis, Minn.– (January 17, 2008). Several European countries and the Canadian province of Ontario have recently adopted feed-in tariffs, a … Read More

The Policy Gap: Minnesota Energy Policy vs. Minnesota Climate Policy

Date: 5 Nov 2007 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This November 2007 report by John Farrell, John Bailey and David Morris examines the impact that Minnesota’s energy policies will have on Minnesota’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. Even if fully achieved, the state’s energy policies would simply slow the rate at which GHG emissions continue to grow.

Minnesota has adopted an aggressive state-level greenhouse gas (GHG)reduction goal but Minnesota’s energy policy objectives, even if achieved, would simply slow the rate at which we are moving the the wrong direction. To significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions Minnesota must reduce energy consumption. 

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