New Powerline Study Finds That Local Wind Energy Generation Can Avoid New Transmission Lines

Date: 17 Jun 2008 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 New Powerline Study Finds That Local Wind Energy Generation Can Avoid New Transmission Lines Abundant Opportunity Identified for New Community-Based Renewable Energy Development Throughout Minnesota   Minneapolis, Minn.— (June 17, 2008). Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released the findings of the first of two major powerline studies ordered … Read More

Monticello Fiber Network Fighting Frivolous Lawsuit

Date: 4 Jun 2008 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 MONTICELLO FIBER NETWORK FIGHTING FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT   Minneapolis, Minn.— (June 4, 2008). One day before the city of Monticello secured funding to build a citywide fiber optic network, TDS Telecom filed a lawsuit challenging Monticello’s right to construct the network. Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative … Read More

Balancing Budgets By Raising Depletion Taxes

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 BALANCING BUDGETS BY RAISING DEPLETION TAXES   Minneapolis, Minn.— (June 4, 2008). A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) concludes states could generate hundreds of millions, in some cases billions, of dollars in additional revenue each year by implementing or adjusting depletion tax policies. Thirty-eight states … Read More

Muni Broadband Networks: In For the Long Haul

Date: 20 May 2008 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 MUNI BROADBAND NETWORKS: IN FOR THE LONG HAUL   Minneapolis, Minn.—(May 20, 2008).  In a matter of days, MetroFi and Earthlink have announced they are abandoning the municipal wireless market.  Both will shut down their existing Wi-Fi networks in several cities if they cannot find buyers. The private sector … Read More

Be suspicious of megamall subsidy

Date: 2 May 2008 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Be suspicious of megamall subsidy Federal tax law discourages individual investment and local ownership of turbines. By David Morris, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 2, 2008 The almost-certainly-soon-to-be-passed $370 million tax subsidy to the Mall of America is the kind of initiative that makes people wonder whose side government is on. Here’s what … Read More

An energy incentive is drifting in the wind

Date: 1 May 2008 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

An energy incentive is drifting in the wind Federal tax law discourages individual investment and local ownership of turbines. By John Farrell, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 1, 2008 A wind turbine can power up to 600 homes, but 600 homeowners can’t get together to own a wind turbine. Why? Because federal law … Read More

Let Americans Own The Power Plants of the Future

Date: 7 Apr 2008 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 Let Americans Own The Power Plants of the Future New report explores democratic routes to energy independence Minneapolis, Minn.– (April 7, 2008).  A typical 2 megawatt wind turbine provides enough electricity for around 600 average American homes. So why is it nearly impossible for those same 600 households to … Read More

New Report Argues For A Renewable Energy Policy That Puts Rural Communities First

Date: 16 Mar 2008 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 NEW REPORT ARGUES FOR A RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY THAT PUTS RURAL COMMUNITIES FIRST   Minneapolis, MN—(September 8, 2008).  The next 20 years could generate as much as $1 trillion in new renewable energy investment in rural America. But as a new Ford Foundation-sponsored study by the Institute for Local … Read More

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