ILSR Video Parody Lampoons Xcel Energy’s Ask for “Blank Check” in Minnesota Legislature

Date: 16 Mar 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

To honor Xcel Energy’s successful introduction of legislation to give itself a “blank check” for its anticipated Prairie Island nuclear power plant retrofit, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Community Power today released a video to tell the truth about what’s really in the “red box” that’s prevalent in Xcel’s widespread televised advertisements. For more information about Xcel’s power plant bill and where decisions will be made about it, visit… Read More

Idaho Municipal Network Touts Local Improvement District in New Video

Date: 16 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The city of Ammon, Idaho, has used its open access publicly owned network to create an environment that encourages competition for residents and businesses. In addition to giving them control over which services they use and which companies they patronize, the city is doing its best to share information. In this video, the Ammon Fiber Optic Utility explains information financing for those who decide to connect to the network.… Read More

Reduce and Reuse Before You Recycle: Delivering Ourselves from Over-Packaging

Date: 14 Feb 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This video from Vox and the Climate Lab at UC-Berkeley is an interesting look at the over-packaging of items throughout our economy and how we can use source reduction as a critical tool to fight waste in our economy and increase recycling prevalence. … Read More

Video: How Communities Use Clean Energy to Build Local Power – Alternative Energy Resources Expo

Date: 22 Jan 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In October 2017, John Farrell gave a keynote address to the annual meeting and expo of AERO, a Montana organization with a similar mission of empowering communities to promote a sustainable economy. He addressed the widespread opportunity for clean energy in Montana, the shared desire of communities to capture that growing economic opportunity, and three ways communities can get started.… Read More

Video: Minnesota SEIA — Gateway to Solar Presentation

Date: 15 Jan 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In September of 2017, ILSR Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell spoke in front of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association’s Midwest Gateway to Solar event. In his talk he spoke about the importance of sound renewable energy policies that enable growth in locally-owned solar energy and how massive electric utilities are doing their best to harm locally-owned renewable energy like solar.… Read More

Video: What is Community Composting? Featuring Composters From Around the U.S.

Date: 23 Dec 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In honor of our upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum and Workshop in Atlanta — which will bring together dozens of community composters from around the country — we are releasing this video that features past attendees sharing their … Read More

Christopher on TWiET: Net Neutrality, Munis, And Local Movements

Date: 20 Dec 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This Week in Enterprise Tech (TWiET) – December 15th, 2017 It wasn’t long after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republicans on the Commission rescinded network neutrality protections that murmurs began to rise about the future role of municipal networks. Soon, journalists … Read More

Listen: Stacy Mitchell on “We the Podcast” with Rep. Keith Ellison and Lina Khan

Date: 19 Dec 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Taking on Amazon. It’s a big subject. But in this episode of Rep. Keith Ellison’s podcast, “We the People,” ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and Lina Khan of Open Markets join Rep. Ellison to talk about how to do just that — and why we need to. … Read More

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