Voices of 100%: Hanover Residents Raise Hands for Renewable Energy — Episode 125 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 10 Mar 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this Voices of 100% episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell talks with Hanover, N.H. Sustainability Director April Salas about coalition building, taking action in a small town, and slowing down to achieve goals the right way.… Read More

Republican Broadband Agenda Would Preempt Local Authority and Ban Municipal Networks

Date: 25 Feb 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, House Republicans introduced a bill package ostensibly to promote broadband expansion and competition across the country. In reality, the legislation is a wish list of monopoly cable and telephone companies that will protect them from competition and decrease their accountability to the public. It would also ban communities from building their own networks or engaging in public-private partnerships.… Read More

Report: Telecom Monopolies Are Blocking Better Internet Access… And What We Can Do About It

Date: 27 Jan 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The digital divide is leaving millions of Americans behind — and corporate telecom monopolies are only making the problem worse. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance sheds light on this under-reported problem. ILSR’s report finds that at a time when access to high-quality broadband is more important than ever, monopoly control of this essential public infrastructure is leaving many Americans — particularly people in rural communities and communities of color — disconnected, underserved, or, at best, paying too much for substandard service.… Read More

Let’s Talk About Solar, Equity, and Monopoly Power in 2021

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

2020 demonstrated that distributed solar isn’t just economically competitive or a superior job creator, it’s better for everyone. In this year-end post, Energy Democracy Initiative Director John Farrell describes where that lesson should take advocates in 2021.… Read More

New Federal Legislation Presents the Opportunity to Break Free from Plastic Pollution

Date: 8 Dec 2020 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Though it contains some harmful provisions, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act is the most important piece of federal legislation impacting America’s waste and recycling systems in many years. It has the potential to impose profound changes and rein in plastic waste’s negative impact on our air, land and water.… Read More

Report: Wilson, N.C., Shows What’s Possible When a Broadband Network Puts Community First

Date: 7 Dec 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This case study explores the wide-ranging community benefits of Greenlight, the city-owned broadband network in Wilson, North Carolina. The network has been able to quickly adapt and expand service during the pandemic. … Read More

A Solar Settlement for the Good of the Grid — Episode 118 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 2 Dec 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and Vote Solar’s Thad Culley discuss a net metering settlement underway in the Carolinas: a compromise benefitting the utility, customer-generators, and the electric grid.… Read More

In His Latest Publication, Captain Charles Moore Presents a Vision for a Zero Waste Future

Date: 1 Dec 2020 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“Mine Landfills Now” is the most recent publication of Captain Charles Moore and the Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research, based in Long Beach, California. Moore is credited with discovering the ‘garbage patches’ in the world’s oceans in 1997, and he continues to undertake oceanographic research and is an international activist for Zero Waste. Moore and ILSR’s Neil Seldman serve as co-chairs of the Save the Albatross Coalition, a project of the Zero Waste USA.… Read More

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