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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

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

100% Renewable Energy: Fact or Fantasy?

Date: 28 Aug 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What would it take to power the entire U.S. economy on renewable resources alone? Three big things: Only build wind, solar, or hydro power plants after 2020 Reduce energy use compared to business as usual by 40% Electrify everything It’s the last that may be the most complicated, since it means a complete overhaul of way … Read More

Watch: Is Socialism What’s Stopping a Fair Value for Solar?

Date: 21 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Complete nonsense. The most socialistic thing I’ve ever heard. That’s just two quotes from a value of solar conversation between ILSR’s John Farrell and Karl Rábago of the Pace Energy and Climate Center that took place online on July 8, 2015. More and more people are installing solar, significantly reducing their purchase of electricity from utility … Read More

Public Rooftop Revolution in Pictures

Date: 10 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter of … Read More

Could Solar Shine in a Tucson City-Utility Partnership?

Date: 20 Feb 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A city in the sunny southwest, Tucson is wondering how it can maximize its use of cost-effective, economy-boosting solar power. Is a partnership with the electric utility, as seen in Minneapolis, the answer? ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy gave this presentation to several audiences on a recent (delightful) visit to Tucson, Arizona, to explore the dissonance … Read More

Watch: Unveiling the Five Pillars of Energy Democracy

Date: 6 Feb 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model––Utility 2.0––that keeps … Read More

The Power of Local Renewable Energy (Presentation)

Date: 27 Aug 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tailored to Illinois, but explaining the universal benefits of local renewable energy, this presentation was delivered by Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell at the Illinois Renewable Energy Fair on August 24, 2014. The presentation explores the enormous potential of clean, local energy to meet U.S. electricity needs and juice local economies. But what happens if … Read More

Watch: Minnesota’s Value of Solar Webinar

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

What is “the value of solar” electricity? How can it be used in energy policy? And how does it differ from other policies that govern the deployment of distributed solar power? Listen in to this 30-minute webinar presentation (and 30-minute Q&A) to learn about Minnesota’s recently enacted value of solar policy, how it may work for solar … Read More

The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

Date: 30 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.  But the continued expansion of distributed solar power … Read More

Why is an Island Electric Utility Hindering Incredibly Cost-Effective Solar?

Date: 23 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Northern Mariana Islands are one of several island U.S. territories, lying three-quarters of the way from Hawai’i to the Philippines. Like most islands, their electricity supply has been almost entirely supplied by diesel-fueled generators, at enormous cost. So why have islanders in the Marianas – such as the residents of Saipan – been struggling to … Read More

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

Date: 19 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Is solar ready to boom in the Midwest, or does poor policy still stand in the way? This presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Midwest Solar Expo on May 16, 2014, explores the potential, the economics, and the policy needed to help solar power the Midwest. Download the … Read More

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