Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Jan 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It can build a political movement for climate change by giving average folks some skin in the renewable energy game, and it’s boosting local economies in unexpected places and unexpected ways across America.  That’s why Local Energy Rules.

A project of the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Local Energy Rules is a twice monthly podcast featuring ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell and Research Associate Matt Grimley, sharing powerful stories of successful local renewable energy and exposing the policy and practical barriers to its expansion.  Our audience is researchers, grassroots organizers, and grasstops policy wonks who want vivid examples of how local renewable energy can power local economies.


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Podcast Number: Podcast Name: Interviewee:
Extra John Farrell Gives Plenary Presentation at NESEA NA
30 Microgrids and Regulation with Chris Villarreal Chris Villarreal
29 Clean Coalition’s Community Microgrids Craig Lewis
28 Don’t Take the Bait: Exelon’s Ambitions Go Beyond D.C.’s Power Anya Schoolman
27 Two Decades of Solar Pioneers in Sacramento Brent Sloan
26 Solar for All: An Article of Faith Julia Nerbonne
25 Kansas City’s Royal Effort to Solarize City Rooftops Charles Harris
24 Duking It Out Over Municipal Solar in Raleigh Robert Hinson
23B Lancaster: The Leading Solar City? Jason Caudle
23A Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice Lane Sharman
22 A Deep Dive on Value of Solar and the Future of Solar Energy Karl Rabago
21 One City Utility is Carbon Neutral, Today Jim Stack
20 The Power of the Collective Energy Purchasing K.C. Doyle
19 The Leading Community Energy Aggregator Dawn Wiesz
18 A Perfect Storm for Renewables Jay TenBruggencate
17 How Can Communities Leverage a Better Energy Future? Stephen Fenberg
16 Millions of People investing in Solar Billy Parish
15 Envisioning an Innovative Local Electric Utility Ken Regelson
14 A David and Goliath Fight to Tap World Class Solar Mariel Nanasi
13 How Solar Saves on Grid Costs Michael Deering
12 The #1 Solar Utility is in…Iowa? Warren McKenna
11 A Once-in-a-Generation Chance to Achieve a City’s Energy Goals John Farrell
10 Vermont’s Standard Offer Renewable Energy Program David Blittersdorf
9 A Community Solar Gold Standard Joy Hughes
8 Florida City a World Leader in Solar Ed Regan
7 600 Investors in South Dakota’s Premier Community Wind Project Brian Minish
6 Paul Spencer and the Community Solar ‘Holy Grail’ Paul Spencer
5 Susan Osborne and Boulder’s Clean Energy Takeover Susan Osborne
4 Randy Caviness and Community Wind in Iowa Randy Caviness
3 Steve Johnson of Convergence Energy in Wisconsin Steve Johnson
2 Bill Moyer from the Backbone Campaign in Washington Bill Moyer
1 Anya Schoolman from the Mount Pleasant Solar Cooperative Anya Schoolman

Every episode page contains a detailed introduction of the interviewee as well as deep analysis of the issues discussed in each episode.

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power.