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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2017

Minnesota community solar receives boost from U.S. Solar funding

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-community-solar-receives-boost-from-u-s-solar-funding/

PV Magazine – June 27, 2017 Written by Frank Andorka The Midwest may be late to the solar party, but not all its states are lagging. Take Minnesota, for example. Experts almost unanimously agree the Land of 10,000 Lakes is the leader in the region for solar, in part thanks to an aggressive renewable energy standard… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2017

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/evs-and-microgrids-will-miniaturize-our-grid-or-not/

Microgrid Knowledge – June 12, 2017 Written by Elisa Wood Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. That will change, however, as consumers buy more EVs, and those EVs prove valuable not only as transportation… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2017

The Monopolist’s Playbook: Strategies To Retain Overwhelming Economic Power – Episode 21 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopolists-playbook-episode-21-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing how concentrated economic power responds to communities that are supporting their own local economies. Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer discusses how these corporations fight against local communities with a number of ILSR’s experts. He speaks with Stacy Mitchell, John Farrell, Christopher Mitchell, and Lisa Gonzalez in order to get… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2017

In Minnesota, utilities and regulators plan for the grid of the future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-minnesota-utilities-and-regulators-plan-for-the-grid-of-the-future/

Midwest Energy News – May 22, 2017 By Frank Jossi Minnesota regulators recently heard proposals from Xcel Energy to introduce a sophisticated new electric grid software platform and to build an energy storage system instead of a substation. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) certified the need for the $27 million software platform while requesting more… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

States Move to Roll Back Environmental Rules in Trump’s Wake

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/states-move-to-roll-back-environmental-rules-in-trumps-wake/

Bloomberg – May 5, 2017 By Ari Natter Emboldened by the environmental rollbacks of President Donald Trump, state legislatures are following suit, taking aim at items as varied as solar incentives, chemical spill protections and, even, anti-pipeline protesters. The legislation in states from Florida to Wisconsin comes as the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump argues… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2017

Commentary: Mull Xcel Energy’s Partnership Offer Carefully, Boulder

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Boulder Daily Camera – April 12, 2017 By John Farrell Municipalization comes with many challenges, but I have a few words of advice for Boulder’s city leaders about their utility’s latest offer. I’m no stranger to the struggle with Xcel for cleaner energy. At the invitation of local advocates, I came to Boulder in 2011… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 6, 2017

Thanks To Your Local Economy, Renewables Aren’t Going Anywhere – Episode 15 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/thanks-to-your-local-economy-renewables-arent-going-anywhere-episode-15-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode fifteen of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast, click here. In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell and Karlee Weinmann, researchers for ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative on the prospects of renewable energy given President Trump’s executive orders undermining the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2017

Breaking Through Partisanship: Left-Right-Local – Episode 14 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/breaking-through-partisanship-left-right-local-episode-14-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, Stacy Mitchell, and David Morris, directors of our Energy Democracy, Community-Scaled Economies, and Public Good initiatives, respectively. The group discusses the nature of local policies and politics versus the national-level fights and hyper-partisanship. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2017

Study Proves (Again) That Net Metering Can Undervalue Solar

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PV Magazine – March 8, 2017 By Frank Andorka Minnesota has long tried to determine the true value of solar, even passing a law in 2013 demanding that its Department of Commerce develop a methodology for determining the good solar does beyond its physical value. Study after study has shown that the resulting incentive – a Value of… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2017

Sherco Power Plant: The Wrong Project, for the Wrong Reasons, At a Big Cost

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sherco-power-plant-the-wrong-project-for-the-wrong-reasons-at-a-big-cost/

Have you seen this advertisement from Xcel Energy? We’ve done a little bit of work to clarify their message for them.

The proposed Sherco natural gas plant bill will soon be at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s desk, after you watch our video, give him a call and tell him you oppose this billion-dollar boondoggle. Continue reading