Report: Amazon’s Monopoly Tollbooth

Date: 28 Jul 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon’s dominance of online retail means that hundreds of thousands of small businesses must rely on its site to reach customers. In this report, we find that Amazon is exploiting its gatekeeper power to extract a growing cut of the revenue earned by these sellers. It’s doing this by imposing ever-larger fees on them. This tactic is often dooming their businesses. It’s also enabling Amazon to entrench its monopoly grip on e-commerce, while expanding its dominance into logistics and advertising.… Read More

Clean Energy Advocates Release Xcel Energy Integrated Resource Plan “Report Card”

Date: 27 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A report card released today by clean energy advocates gave Xcel Energy high marks for retiring existing coal plants, low marks for equity, and a failing grade for their proposal to build a large gas plant in Central Minnesota.… Read More

Why Our Best Opportunity to Challenge Corporate Control is at the Local Level (Episode 105)

Date: 23 Jul 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Zach Freed, researcher with ILSR’s Independent Business initiative, and John Farrell, ILSR co-director. The three discuss the Fighting Monopoly Power guide, ILSR’s latest release, which spans the banking, broadband, electricity, food and farming, pharmacy, small business, and waste sectors. … Read More

Why Utilities in Minnesota and Other States Need to Plan for More Competition

Date: 22 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report explores the undercounting of customer-sited and non-utility solar in utility distributed resource forecasting. It finds that Xcel Energy’s forecasts for distributed solar in Minnesota are strikingly low.… Read More

Co-op Power Raises the Bar for Community Solar Nationwide — Episode 108 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 15 Jul 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Lynn Benander from Co-op Power about community solar, its barriers, and how communities across the country are building a cleaner, cheaper future.… Read More

Our Guide Gives State and Local Leaders Tools to Fight Corporate Monopolies

Date: 15 Jul 2020 | posted in: Press Release, Retail, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As state and local leaders grapple with how to create a true recovery — one that lifts wages, fosters small businesses, and rebalances power — combating outsized corporate power is a key strategy. Check out ILSR’s guide to antimonopoly policies for states and cities. … Read More

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