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Article, 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

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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/

Update November 16, 2016: Full transcript of this podcast is now available. Welcome to the third episode 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… Continue reading

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Article, 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

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Article, 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

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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

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2016

Listen: John Farrell Gives Plenary Presentation at NESEA – Local Energy Rules Podcast Extra

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/john-farrell-nesea-keynote/

ILSR’s John Farrell was a plenary speaker at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2016 annual conference in Boston, MA. The conference was held from March 8th through the 10th and focused on advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices by bringing over 3,500 renewable energy professionals together. John’s opening plenary pinpointed key challenges of our current centralized… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2016

Report: Mighty Microgrids

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

Communities all over the country are finding ways to break the macro barriers to microgrids. As we flip from a top-down to bottom-up grid management structure, major policy barriers must be lifted in order to expand energy democracy to customers and producers. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT   Executive Summary The electric grid is no longer… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2015

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/can-energy-democracy-energize-nebraska/

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… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2015

Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/will-solar-energy-plummet-if-the-investment-tax-credit-fades-away/

Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2015 What’s going to happen when a huge incentive to invest in solar power shrinks or vanishes? At the end of next year, the 30% investment tax credit for solar and other renewable power is set to expire for residential systems and plunge to 10% for commercial installations. Boosters are calling… Continue reading

Hawai'i at the Energy Crossroads
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2015

Report: Hawai’i at the Energy Crossroads

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-renewable-hawaii/

UNDER THE SPECTER OF A MAINLAND UTILITY TAKEOVER, ISLANDERS MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN A LEGACY OF LARGE CENTRALIZED POWER OR A BURGEONING NETWORK OF DISTRIBUTED ENERGY Matt Grimley and John Farrell October 2015 DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT Executive Summary On the one hand: Sky-high electricity prices. A 20th century electricity system burning fuel oil and controlled… Continue reading