Wisconsin Town Offers Affordable Gig Internet to All Subscribers

Date: 9 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In September, Reedsburg Utility Commission (RUC) in Wisconsin announced that they’re simplifying life for subscribers. They’ve eliminated service tiers and now everyone who signs up for the service receives affordable, symmetrical gigabit Internet access from their recently rebranded LightSpeed service.… Read More

California Reduces Restrictions for Rural Community Broadband

Date: 2 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While major media outlets cover news about California Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign the state’s network neutrality bill, we’re high-fiving his signature on AB 1999. On September 30th, Gov. Brown approved the bill that removes state restrictions limiting publicly owned options for rural Internet access. The change signifies what we hope to see more of – state action empowering local communities set on improving local connectivity.… Read More

Biggest Challenge to U.S. Recycling Isn’t China

Date: 24 Sep 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Proponents of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Paper, Products, and Packaging (PPP) are jumping on the “China Crisis” bandwagon by attempting to revive efforts to shift control over recycling from local government and existing recycling companies to statewide non-profit agencies under the control of Big Soda companies and their allies.… Read More

Proposed Incinerator Regulations in Baltimore Are Far from What’s Needed

Date: 21 Sep 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Recently, environmental regulators in Maryland have proposed regulations that would require Wheelabrator’s Baltimore trash incinerator (also known as BRESCO) cut its emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by approximately one-fifth, but the proposed regulations are far from what is needed.… Read More

Voices of 100%: San Diego’s Pathway Forward — Episode 61 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 19 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As a growing number of U.S. cities make commitments to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, how are cities making plans to achieve these goals? In our third episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, San Diego’s Chief Sustainability Officer Cody Hooven joins John Farrell to discuss how the city is making progress toward its ambitious goal to shift to 100 percent renewable energy.… Read More

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Date: 17 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 435 megawatts of operational capacity in September 2018. We note a new finding, that the total queue has actually shrunk in size since January 2017. Two charts show the progress of the program.… Read More

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