Cultivating Community Composting Forum and Workshop Bring Composters Together

Date: 16 Feb 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

More than 70 community composters from all over the US gathered in Jacksonville to discuss best practices for community composting.… Read More

Zapped by the Utility: 5 Reasons Raising Fixed Fees is Unfair

Date: 5 Feb 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like mine, your eyes probably glaze when you see items like “fuel cost adjustment clause,” but tucked in your monthly electric bill are two big components that matter. One is a fixed amount you pay to be connected to the grid every month. The second is a variable portion is based on what you use. Your … Read More

Seniors, Low-Income, Disabled Communities Pay the Price in St. Paul

Date: 1 Feb 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For seniors, low-income residents, and the disabled in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a Comcast discount within the city’s franchise agreement is not all it was cracked up to be. The Pioneer Press recently reported that, as eligible subscribers seek the ten percent discount guaranteed by the agreement, they are finding the devil is in the details – … Read More

New Fossil Fuel Power Plants: Assets or Liabilities?

Date: 28 Jan 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In any conversation about the transition to a renewable energy economy, solar and wind advocates will eventually come up against the term “stranded assets.” It’s a misleading term, usually deployed in defense of legacy fossil fuel power plants (and their owners). But as times change, “stranded assets” can be redefined and in the next few years … Read More

David Morris Interviewed on KFAI’s Truth To Tell Radio Show

Date: 21 Jan 2016 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2014, on ILSR’s 40th anniversary co-founder David Morris sat down with Siobhan Kierans and Tom O’Connell, co-hosts of TruthToTell, a weekly public affairs program on KFAI radio in Minneapolis to talk about our history, our approach and our decentralist perspective.   TruthToTell Description: AIRING MONDAYS @ 9:00 a.m., TruthToTell is produced by CivicMedia/Minnesota as part of … Read More

Just How Democratic are Rural Electric Cooperatives?

Date: 13 Jan 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Randy Wilson knew you had to start somewhere. Knocking on doors and hanging around retail store parking lots, he and volunteers from the citizen group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth collected signatures. After weeks of holding out clipboards, they collected the more than 500 signatures needed to run for the board of the Jackson Energy Cooperative in … Read More

Congress Gets Renewable Tax Credit Extension Right

Date: 5 Jan 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In case you missed it over the holiday, Congress passed a new federal budget, notably extending tax credits for solar, wind, and other renewable energy technologies. The extension differs from previous ones in two ways: it extends the credits for multiple years but also (as ILSR has been discussing since 2012) phases them out over time. … Read More

Ringing in the New Year, Celebrating a Win for Prison Phone Justice

Date: 4 Jan 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At MuniNetworks, we often focus on access to the Internet, but the impact of telecommunication policy extends beyond data. In 2016, families might finally see reasonable prices for phone calls to incarcerated loved ones. Last October, the FCC voted to close loopholes and cap rates for Inmate Calling Service providers in jails and prisons across the … Read More

Wilson Moves to Expand Greenlight Network to Neighboring Town

Date: 18 Dec 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Thanks to a new interlocal agreement, the City of Wilson, North Carolina will soon expand its Greenlight community broadand network to the nearby Town of Pinetops. Officials expect to complete the expansion of the gigabit fiber network by April 2016. Pinetops, a town of 1,300, is less than 20 miles from Wilson, population 50,000. We’re Waiting… … Read More

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