Watch: Can Energy Democracy Energize the “Good Life” in Nebraska?

Date: 15 Dec 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell, this year’s keynote speaker at the Sierra Club of Nebraska’s Annual Event on November 21st, 2015.  The presentation illustrates the march towards energy democracy by highlighting the spread of affordable distributed energy resources (such as wind and solar) and the intense pressure it … Read More

Op-ed: Spanish Fork Proves Utah Law is Counter-Productive

Date: 15 Dec 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Salt Lake Tribune published this op-ed championing local investment in Internet infrastructure on December 11, 2015.   Op-ed: Spanish Fork’s success shows municipal Internet networks work By Christopher Mitchell For nearly 10 years, large telephone and cable companies have claimed municipal Internet networks are so risky that local government authority should be restricted. But after … Read More

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update

Date: 14 Dec 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Renewable energy continues to dominate new power plant capacity and distributed generation has contributed an increasingly large share. We’ve been tracking this phenomenon since April of 2014, and, finally, the Energy Information Administration has recognized the prevalence of distributed solar and is going to report estimates of this added capacity in their monthly updates. This is … Read More

‘Tis the Season for Indie Retailers

Date: 25 Nov 2015 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Contact: Rebecca Toews Rebecca@ILSR.org 612-808-0689   Amid the hype of online and big-box shopping this weekend, it’s easy to overlook the growing popularity of independent retailers. I invite you to contact Amazon.com’s greatest nemesis, Stacy Mitchell, for a story about Main Street’s Black Friday Takeover. You’ve probably seen Stacy’s research on TedTalks, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal, where she … Read More

It’s not Doomsday, but Neither is Ending the Solar Tax Credit Good Policy

Date: 19 Nov 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I took the “no” side in a point/counterpoint in the Wall Street Journal this week on the topic: Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away? It’s been a great conversation-starter, but also an opportunity to clarify ILSR’s position on the tax credit extension. In short, while allowing the 30% tax credit to … Read More

Hillary Clinton: Stop State Laws that Restrict Local Choice

Date: 14 Nov 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a position piece released in October, Hillary Clinton voiced strong support for local authority: “Three-quarters of US households have at most one option for purchasing the Internet service families now depend on for shopping, streaming, and doing homework. When alternatives do emerge, however, as they have in places like Kansas City, prices go down and … Read More

SandyNet Goes Gig: A Model for Anytown, USA

Date: 9 Nov 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Many of the most beautiful communities in the United States are in remote areas where incumbent cable and telephone companies have decided not to offer modern, high-quality Internet connectivity. Sandy, Ore., is one of them. Some 10,000 people live there among the lush green forests and beautiful vistas of the “Gateway to Mount Hood,” 25 miles … Read More

Voters Quiet the Drums At the Polls in Colorado

Date: 3 Nov 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The “constant drumbeat” of complaints about poor connectivity pounding from Colorado communities ended with a climactic crash at the polls on Tuesday. Referenda in 43 communities – 26 cities and towns; 17 counties – all passed overwhelmingly to reclaim local telecommunications authority. Staggering Approval The landslide victory was no surprise. Last year, nine communities asked voters … Read More

A Plan B for Every Monopoly Electric Utility?

Date: 28 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Electric companies seemingly face a business “death spiral” because the 20th century rules for the electric grid make it a challenge to address stagnant energy demand and competition from energy-producing customers. The result is a utility-funded war on solar and other distributed power, and retrenchment on last century’s business model as many utilities try to gain … Read More

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