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The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

Maria McCoy

February 24, 2022

Communities can do a lot to advance energy democracy, but some of their options depend on state policy. This annual scorecard from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative grades states on whether their policies help or hinder local clean energy action.  READ MORE


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ILSR Joins Ask for Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Utility Abuses

ILSR Joins Ask for Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Utility Abuses

John Farrell

May 20, 2022

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance joined over 200 organizations this week in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate abuses by electric utilities to protect American consumers.  READ MORE


ILSR Asks Arizona Commissioners to Consider Community Solar

ILSR Asks Arizona Commissioners to Consider Community Solar

Maria McCoy

May 19, 2022

In this letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission, ILSR highlights community solar as a pathway to building distributed solar capacity and extending the benefits of solar to more Arizona residents, businesses, and public entities.  READ MORE


A People’s Playbook on Advancing Energy Justice, Despite Utility Misdirection — Episode 156 of Local Energy Rules

A People’s Playbook on Advancing Energy Justice, Despite Utility Misdirection — Episode 156 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

May 11, 2022

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Yesenia Rivera discuss the People’s Utility Justice Playbook and how to combat utility tactics that undermine energy democracy.  READ MORE


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Why Minnesota's Community Solar Program is the Best

John Farrell

May 2, 2022

Minnesota's community solar program reached 831 megawatts in April 2022, enough to power more than 100,000 homes each year or about as much capacity as a typical nuclear power plant!  READ MORE


Monopolistic Utility Companies Suppress the Use of Customer Data — Episode 155 of Local Energy Rules

Monopolistic Utility Companies Suppress the Use of Customer Data — Episode 155 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

April 27, 2022

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, a rebroadcast from the Building Local Power Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Michael Murray discuss how utilities resist data portability, even though customers have a right to their data.  READ MORE