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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2016

Going Beyond Candidates: Three State Initiatives That Could Change America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/going-beyond-candidates-three-state-initiatives-that-could-change-america/

On November 8th citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. They cover a wide range of subjects (e.g. marijuana, minimum wage, taxes, gun control). To my mind, initiatives in three states—California on reducing drug prices, South Dakota on revamping its political system, and New Mexico on the inequitable use of bail– stand out as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2016

San Francisco Strides Toward an All-Renewable Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/san-francisco-strides-toward-an-all-renewable-future/

Two key moves this year will propel San Francisco’s toward an all-renewable electricity mix by 2030, potentially making the city — the 13th largest in the nation — a model for others eyeing a similar transition. This is part of a series released in October 2016 for Energy Awareness Month highlighting communities and community energy… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – October 26, 2016: California Takes on Big Pharma, South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-october-26-2016-california-takes-on-big-pharma-south-dakotans-take-on-the-political-establishment-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: California Takes on Big Pharma | South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment | New Mexico Takes on Debtors’ Prisons California Takes on Big Pharma This November, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that, according to Pharma… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot, Two Weeks Out

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/energy-policies-at-the-ballot-two-weeks-out/

This is an update of analysis done back in June, state-by-state information has been updated, however, conclusions have largely been left the same, see the original post here. Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes these occur when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2016

Brenda Platt Speaks to San Diego Food Waste Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-speaks-to-san-diego-food-waste-summit/

On September 27th, Brenda Platt presented “Composting to Build Local Equity” at the San Diego Food System Alliance’s Food Waste Summit 2 in San Diego. Brenda outlined the benefits of composting and the importance of a distributed infrastructure in order to build local soils, local businesses, local jobs, and local equity. Her remarks set the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2016

San Diego Sets Vision, Vets Options for 100% Renewables

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/san-diego-sets-vision-vets-options-for-100-renewables/

Late last year, San Diego set a landmark goal that made it the largest U.S. city to target a 100% renewable electricity mix over the next two decades. But as the pact’s first anniversary approaches, big questions loom over how exactly San Diego will hit the ambitious benchmark. This is part of a series released… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2016

Picking Up PACE After New Federal Guidance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/picking-up-pace-after-new-federal-guidance/

A promising energy efficiency program could get closer to reaching its massive potential after a federal policy tweak that tempers lenders’ concerns to allow more homeowners to cash in. Variations of the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, better known as PACE, already exist in more than 30 states. Until now, the program has skewed mainly… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2016

California Weighs Fair Pricing for Distributed, Centralized Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-weighs-fair-pricing-for-distributed-centralized-energy/

This article published with the substantial assistance of ILSR intern, McKenna Eckerline. Everyone hates paying for something that they don’t use (how many cable channels do you have?). In California, local electricity customers may finally get satisfaction about paying for the transmission grid capacity that they don’t use. At issue is an obscure pricing mechanism… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2016

Utilities Strip Consumers’ Control Over Energy Bills – Episode 36 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/utilities-strip-consumers-control-over-energy-bills-episode-36-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

A surge of interest in residential solar arrays threatens traditional utilities’ outdated business model of selling more and more electricity, prompting them to adopt a controversial fee that hurts efficiency and diminishes long-range cost savings — even for themselves. Mandatory fixed fees on utility bills force consumers to pay up no matter how much, or… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2016

2016 Election – Energy Policies at the Ballot

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-election-energy-policies-at-the-ballot/

Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned solar or wind energy. In 2016, more states than ever before placed items on their ballots to change the energy landscape. Sponsored by citizen groups, legislators, and (sometimes) energy industry giants, these… Continue reading