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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business, 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

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

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Value of Utility Scale vs. Rooftop Solar Debated Amid Price Decline

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/value-of-utility-scale-vs-rooftop-solar-debated-amid-price-decline/

Daily Energy Insider – February 14, 2017

By Kevin Randolph

Over the last decade, the price of solar installations has declined significantly, but the electric utilities industry continues to debate the value and cost effectiveness of utility scale versus rooftop solar. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Commentary: Removing Co-op Oversight Jeopardizes Rural Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/commentary-removing-co-op-oversight-jeopardizes-rural-solar/

Midwest Energy News – February 8, 2017

By John Farrell & Karlee Weinmann

A plan floated by Minnesota lawmakers to exempt rural electric cooperatives from virtually all regulatory oversight would allow these utilities to restrict development of local solar power, even where their member-owners support renewable energy. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2016

Boulder seeks to keep ‘moral compass’ intact while pursuing 100% renewable electricity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/boulder-seeks-to-keep-moral-compass-intact-while-pursuing-100-renewable-electricity/

Boulder Daily Camera – December 10, 2016 by Alex Burness Boulder hopes it can boast 100-percent renewable electricity by 2030, according to a series of climate targets the city formally adopted last week. That 2030 goal, like the others just adopted, was billed by city leaders as ambitious but doable, but the achievement of a… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2016

Messy Battles Over Energy Are on Ballot Across States

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/messy-battles-over-energy-are-on-ballot-across-states/

Bloomberg Markets – November 1, 2016 by Ari Natter & Mark Chediak … As if choosing the next president of the U.S. wasn’t confusing enough, states from Nevada to Florida have energy measures on the ballot this year that have left many voters befuddled. In Florida there’s an amendment that would make solar energy a… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Energy Democracy: Customer Control over Renewable Energy – Episode 3 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/energy-democracy-episode-3-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, the director of our Energy Democracy initiative about the concept of energy democracy and about his latest report, Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? John specifically outlines some of the key concepts that make up the principles of energy democracy and how locally-owned renewable energy continues to shape our electric grid in new and exciting ways. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 19, 2016

Q&A: New Report Challenges Assumption that Bigger Solar is Better

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/qa-new-report-challenges-assumption-that-bigger-solar-is-better/

Midwest Energy News – October 17, 2016 by Frank Jossi In a time when hundreds of megawatts of large solar projects are underway in Minnesota, a new report suggests that smaller-scale solar projects could be just as good at delivering low-cost electricity. Why? Farrell’s research suggests that with transmission costs from remote wind and solar farms,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2016

New Mapping Tool Showcases Clean Energy Policies and Projects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-mapping-tool-showcases-clean-energy-policies-and-projects/

Midwest Energy News – September 16, 2016 by Frank Jossi A new state “community power” mapping tool released this month gives policymakers and activists a national scorecard on state and local clean energy initiatives. John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance developed the map to showcase the link between what his group regards as… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2016

Watch: Mighty Microgrids Webinar Recording

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-mighty-microgrids-webinar-recording/

On Tuesday, March 15th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted a webinar titled “Breaking the Macro-Barriers to Microgrids.” The webinar was led by John Farrell, the Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative and Matt Grimley, the author of ILSR’s report, Mighty Microgrids. The webinar was broken into two parts. The first part consisted of a… Continue reading