Press Release: Minneapolis Mayor’s Proposed Budget Unlocks $2M+ for Clean Energy

Date: 17 Aug 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A few weeks ago, cities across the country responded to President Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord with their own commitments. But the City of Minneapolis, under a budget proposed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, is poised to do something novel: put real resources behind its climate and energy pledge. The mayor’s budget proposal would unlock more than $2 million in new funding, leverage more than $20 million in utility conservation funds and expand access to energy savings to many more residents and businesses… Read More

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

Date: 12 Jun 2017 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With our electric vehicle report hot off the presses, Microgrid Knowledge looks toward another innovative technology and how it relates to microgrids in creating a more self-reliant and renewable grid. The author pays special attention to the possibility of vehicle-to-grid relationships and interviews our own John Farrell for his perspective on changing technologies.… Read More

The Monopolist’s Playbook: Strategies To Retain Overwhelming Economic Power (Episode 21)

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 … Read More

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

Date: 5 May 2017 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While a high level of focus is on the Trump administration’s environmental policy, the policies at the state level can wreak more havoc than many may think. Ari Natter of Bloomberg covers this issue by reaching out to our renewable energy expert John Farrell for perspective and the fights he’s been a part of.… Read More

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

Date: 12 Apr 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this commentary published in the Boulder Daily Camera, Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell wrote that, “Municipalization comes with many challenges, but I have a few words of advice for Boulder’s city leaders about their utility’s latest offer.”… Read More

Thanks To Your Local Economy, Renewables Aren’t Going Anywhere (Episode 15)

Welcome to episode fifteen of the Building Local Power podcast. 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 … Read More

Breaking Through Partisanship: Left-Right-Local (Episode 14)

John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative, Stacy Mitchell, Director of Community-Scaled Economies, and David Morris join host Christopher Mitchell to reflect on the role and nature of local policies and politics and the innovative economic structures communities are building.… Read More

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