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The Power of Comprehensive Energy Policy

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

If Germany’s 16 federal states had each enacted their own renewable energy legislation, we’d have far less solar energy usage. I often tell people that Germany has 400 types of beer and one renewables law, while the situation in the United States is the other way around.

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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. More

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