Oregon’s Community Solar Program

Date: 7 Jul 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Passed in 2016, Section 22 of SB 1547 establishes a program for community solar projects. The Oregon Solar Dashboard tracks developments by year. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional Oregon community solar resources.… Read More

PCMag’s Fastest ISPs in America List Once Again Proves the Value of Cities Investing in Internet Infrastructure

Date: 30 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After three years in a row with similar results, PCMag’s “Fastest ISPs in America” for 2021 analysis shows a clear trend: community owned and/or operated broadband infrastructure supports networks which, today, handily beat the huge monopoly Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – cable and telephone alike – for sheer speed. The latest list proves it. Of the ten-fastest ISPs in the country, all of them feature operators that either are cities themselves or use city-owned fiber or conduit to deliver service across whole or parts of their footprint. … Read More

For Public Utilities, Customers Spark Pioneering Policy with a Vote — Episode 133 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 30 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Eric Williams discuss the growing momentum for clean energy and how people drive change within public utilities.… Read More

Municipal Broadband Advocates Win Major Victory in Ohio

Date: 29 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Municipal broadband advocates in Ohio realized a major victory today when a bipartisan House and Senate conference committee released the final version of their state budget plan that added $250 million to expand broadband access in the Buckeye State and removed the anonymous budget amendment that would have effectively banned municipal broadband networks if passed into law.… Read More

In The Washington Post: How Washington Got Back Into Trustbusting

Date: 25 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are at a pivotal moment in the antimonopoly movement. Lina Khan was recently named FTC chair and a Congressional committee is sending to the House floor six antitrust bills that strike at the heart of Big Tech’s predatory power. After decades of a misguided approach to antitrust policy, Washington has a new antimonopoly fervor, writes Senior Researcher Ron Knox in The Washington Post.… Read More

Targeting Subscriber Inequities in Minnesota’s Community Solar Program

Date: 23 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these comments, submitted to Minnesota utility regulators, ILSR asks that the Commission extends the residential adder: a program designed to increase residential participation in community solar gardens.… Read More

4 New Maryland Laws to Spur Local Composting

Date: 22 Jun 2021 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR has actively worked with state officials and legislators for years to move Maryland forward on composting wasted food and other organics. Now, four new bills recently became law that will further advance composting in Maryland.… Read More

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