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Release: Solar and Energy Storage Threatens Utility Business Models, Enables Energy Democracy

Release: Solar and Energy Storage Threatens Utility Business Models, Enables Energy Democracy

Nick Stumo-Langer

July 17, 2018

What happens to an electric utility when its big bets on new power plants are undercut by customers producing their own power from solar and storing it in cost-effective batteries? Hundreds of utility power plants could become stranded assets if electric customers pursue these affordable alternatives to utility provided power, undercutting a century of the traditional “bigger is better” electric utility business model. The latest report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance details how battery storage literally and figuratively reverses the grid’s power flow and puts customers in charge. It offers policymakers, utilities, and individuals a roadmap of rules to capture this READ MORE


A Teaching Moment on ‘Pay As You Throw’ Recycling Policy in Connecticut

A Teaching Moment on 'Pay As You Throw' Recycling Policy in Connecticut...

Nick Stumo-Langer

June 8, 2018

Neil Seldman ILSR’s co-founder and director of its Waste to Wealth Initiative, quoted in Falls River Herald News on unit pricing of solid wa... READ MORE


FCC Set to Waste Billions on the Wrong (Read: Monopoly) Rural Broadband Providers

FCC Set to Waste Billions on the Wrong (Read: Monopoly) Rural Broadband Provider...

Matthew Marcus

March 29, 2018

Matthew Marcus published this opinion piece in The Daily Yonder in March on the upcoming federal auction for rural broadband dollars.... READ MORE


Stacy Mitchell Interviewed on Rising Up with Sonali Show on Amazon’s Dominance

Stacy Mitchell Interviewed on Rising Up with Sonali Show on Amazon's Dominance...

Nick Stumo-Langer

March 19, 2018

ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell was interviewed for the Rising Up with Sonali show for a segment entitled, "Why Amazon’s Quest For Online Do... READ MORE


ILSR Research Provides Background for HuffPost Feature on New Jersey City

ILSR Research Provides Background for HuffPost Feature on New Jersey City...

Nick Stumo-Langer

March 14, 2018

In Jersey City, New Jersey a community established the expectation that independent retail matters and that chain stores weren't welcome. In... READ MORE


Amazon Lands Pentagon Cloud Computing Contract, Stoking More Monopoly Fears

Amazon Lands Pentagon Cloud Computing Contract, Stoking More Monopoly Fears...

Nick Stumo-Langer

March 11, 2018

Amazon is a gargantuan company with its hands in everything from e-books to shipping to television and movies. The next big move the company... READ MORE