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

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

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Update November 2016: From now on, we’ll keep the most recent data on the program’s development in this post I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there… 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!

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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

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2017

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

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

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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

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2017

Mergers and Monopoly: How Concentration Changes the Electricity Business

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Executive Summary A wave of consolidation has swept across the U.S. economy over the past decade, reshaping already-powerful corporations into financial and political powerhouses. The trend has taken particular hold among electric utilities, a sector where monopoly reigns virtually unchecked. Consolidated, investor-owned utilities now have service territories that span several states and include millions of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2017

Six Reasons Your Next Car Should Be Electric

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Learn the six biggest reasons why your next vehicle should be an electric vehicle, pulled from our comprehensive report, Choosing the Electric Avenue. Hint: it’s cost-effective, environmentally sound, and has all the same benefits of your gas-powered car! Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2017

In Small-Town Iowa, a Movement to Own the Future — Episode 50 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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A citizen-led effort to establish in a city-run electric utility in the small northeast Iowa community of Decorah is picking up steam, with advocates — including some local officials — forecasting significant local economic growth powered by the transition. Decorah, with about 8,000 residents, is tucked in the northwest corner of Iowa just south of… Continue reading