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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2018

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-how-communities-use-clean-energy-to-build-local-power-alternative-energy-resources-expo/

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… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2018

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesotas-community-solar-program/

Updated monthly around the 15th Updates Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 246 megawatts of operational capacity in January 2018. The chart above shows the progress of projects through the program since August 2015, and the nearly two-year lag between the program launch in December 2014 and the successful ignition of multiple megawatts of… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2018

Video: Minnesota SEIA — Gateway to Solar Presentation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-minnesota-seia-gateway-to-solar-presentation/

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… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions for Utility Regulators

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-years-resolutions-for-utility-regulators/

Shocking investigative reports published this month highlight our longstanding concerns about deficient oversight of growing utility monopolies. Utilities consistently game the system to win massive benefits for shareholders and executives at the expense of electric customers and their communities. Charleston, SC, is on the hook for $1.2 million in payments for a now-defunct nuclear power… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2017

Paying Utilities for Performance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/paying-utilities-for-performance/

In most states with regulated, monopoly utilities, utilities are compensation based on two factors: energy sales and a return on capital spent, such as when they build a new power plant. Although energy efficiency standards have been layered on top of this model, the fundamental incentive for the utility remains “build things, get rewards for… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2017

Dear Santa… ILSR’s Annual Energy Policy Wish List!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/santa-wish-list-2017/

Dear Santa, We’ve been very good this year and, if it isn’t too much trouble, we’d like a few things in 2018, let us know! Bad Federal Policies The most accurate characterization for federal clean energy initiatives in 2017 is “filling the swamp.” Proposals include reducing federal incentives for wind power and providing subsidies for… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2017

Electric Vehicles Unlock Local Energy Benefits, Deliver Cost Savings — Episode 51 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-energy-benefits-electric-vehicles-episode-51-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

It’s no secret that electric vehicles have gone mainstream. From quarter to quarter, U.S. sales numbers consistently hover near or above record levels. Cities are trading in their gas-powered fleet vehicles and buses. And major auto manufacturers are planning for an electrified future. But the shift toward electric vehicles means more than cleaner, greener transportation…. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2017

Boulder Voters Say (Again): “We’ll Lead Movement to Energy Democracy”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/boulder-voters-say-again-well-lead-movement-to-energy-democracy/

It was a squeaker. With 85% of votes cast, the outlook for Boulder’s quest to control its energy future seemed dimmer than it had since 2011. The nays were up by 100 votes, in favor of ending funding for the city’s effort to take over its electric utility and bolster locally-produced renewable energy. A late… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2017

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/puerto-rico-grid-hurricane/

This article was originally published in Greentech Media on November 6th, 2017. Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of the cross-island transmission towers. Nine out of 10 back-alley power poles blew… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2017

Five Ways Co-ops Are Countering Corporate Power in Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/five-ways-co-ops-are-countering-corporate-power-in-cities/

This op-ed was originally published in Next City on October 31st, 2017. As local economies suffer from market concentration in economic sectors ranging from retail to banking, cooperatives across industries are helping to strengthen communities and keep resources local. This is nothing new; cooperatives have a long history of serving local needs. Today, the cooperative ownership… Continue reading