Free Public Transit: A Great Leap Forward

Date: 31 Jul 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Taillinn offered free transit beginning in 2013. On July 1st Estonia began free bus service nationwide. In September Dunkirk, France will have free transit. Four cities in Germany will test free transit by the end of the year. Welcome abroad the future!… Read More

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines

Date: 14 Sep 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s insight on recent news stories that have to do with the public good. In this round-up: Germany’s public banks; The story behind the effort to “repatriate” U.S. overseas profits; The remunicipalization movement grows; How Philadelphiais expanding the civic commons; and more.… Read More

What To Do About Germany’s Packaging Explosion?

Date: 30 Aug 2017 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A business report from the German group Deutsche Welle paints a very confusing picture for those looking at Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for paper, packaging and products, or PPP, in US. Does EPR in Germany, the leader in EPR policy for the past three decades, work? The original report from Deutsche Welle is available here. According … Read More

Citizen Ownership Remains Foundation of German Renewable Energy Explosion

Date: 2 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I’ve been posting updates on local ownership of renewable energy in Germany since early 2011, and it’s abundantly clear that the Germans have yet to back down from their commitment to democratic, locally owned power. The following chart continues the series.  For explanation, click the previous link, but know that traditional electric utilities are contained within … Read More

Democratic Energy’s Top 5 of 2013

Date: 2 Jan 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rooftop Revolution A combination resource of our two reports on residential and commercial solar grid parity, including a slideshow, infographic, and an amazing interactive map (#5 on this list by itself).       Germany Has More Solar Power Because Everyone Wins It got press because someone at Fox News thought Germany was sunnier than America … Read More

The One Thing Obama’s Climate Policy Can’t Leave Out

Date: 20 Jun 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When President Obama unveils his climate policy proposal in the coming days, he should focus on the one key element of successful climate and energy policy.  It’s not about utilities or incentives or numbers, it’s about ownership. Climate-protecting energy policy succeeds when communities can keep their energy dollars local by directly owning and profiting from investments … Read More

Half of Germany’s 63,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy is Locally Owned

Date: 15 May 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Courtesy of Craig Morris and the Germany Renewable Energy industry, evidence that Germany’s renewable energy program remains people powered.  Total megawatts represent wind and solar only.

Soft Costs Make a Bigger Difference as Solar Gets Cheap

Date: 29 Apr 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week’s graphic on the impact of local permitting on the cost of solar power was a big hit, so here’s a follow up on “soft costs,” the expenses in a solar installation (including permitting) that are not the solar module.  The chart compares the soft costs in the U.S. to Germany (thanks to LBNL’s analysis), … Read More

Germany Has More Solar Power Because Everyone Wins

Date: 8 Feb 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 7 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Suddenly everyone knows about Germany’s solar power dominance because Fox Newsheads made an ass of themselves, suggesting that the country is a sunny, tropical paradise.  Most media folks have figured out that there are some monster differences in policy (e.g. a feed-in tariff), but then latch on to the “Germans pay a lot extra” meme.  Germans … Read More

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