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Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2016

Aggregate Net Metering – Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/net-metering/aggregate-net-metering-rules/

In nearly every state, an electric customer can offset their own energy consumption with on-site power generation, such as a solar panel. But for larger electric customers, net metering has a hitch. In many states, the solar array (or other power generation) has to be attached to the same building (or meter) where the entity… Continue reading

Community Power Map
Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2016

Introducing the Community Power Map

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/introducing-the-community-power-map/

Where are communities taking charge of their energy future? Which states give communities the most power? ILSR’s newly-released Community Power Map provides an interactive illustration of how communities are accelerating the transition toward 100% renewable energy and how state policies help or hinder greater local action. You can help. If we’re missing a state policy, grassroots… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2016

Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/yard-trimming-ban/markham-canada/

Markham has taken a comprehensive environmental approach, by implementing policies that reduce organic waste across the public, private, and residential sectors. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2016

King County, Washington – Compost Procurement

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/compost-procurement/king-county/

Surveying the local level of US politics, one finds that King County, Washington, has one of the best environmental product procurement programs in the country. King County Code (KCC) § 10.14.050, mandates public agencies to purchase sustainable products and implement environmental strategies that meet specific stringent standards. The King County Environmental Purchasing Policy (EPP) was first implemented… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2016

Local Utilities Have Lost Local Control

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-utilities-have-lost-local-control/

This post made possible by the tireless efforts of ILSR intern Abbigail Feola. She dug up the data, identified the story worth sharing, and wrote the following piece below. Historically, the purpose of both municipal and cooperative utility agencies has been to bring energy services to communities that for-profit corporations thought unprofitable to serve. This… Continue reading

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

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update (2016 Q1)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsrs-distributed-solar-capacity-quarterly-update-2016-q1/

Solar made up over a half of the added power plant capacity during the first quarter of 2016. With over 800 MW (AC) coming from distributed solar, this year is shaping up to be another banner year for renewable energy. See previous updates: 2015 Q4, 2015 Q3, 2015 Q2, 2015 Q1, 2014 Q4, 2014 Q3, 2014 Q2 Distributed… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2016

Denver, Colorado – Compost Amended Soil

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/compost-amended-soil/denver-compost/

Denver is one of several communities to mandate the use of compost in disturbed soil and new landscaping as a means of improving the ability of soil to conserve and manage water. As water stress and pressures have become increasing concerns in western US states, simple, cost-effective solutions such as requiring a minimum amount of organic matter… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Food Scrap Recovery Policies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/

According to a US Environmental Protection Agency factsheet reviewing municipal solid waste, an estimated 57.5 percent of yard trimmings were “grasscycled” or composted in 2010, while only 2.8 percent of food scraps were salvaged. Banning food scraps from landfills can have a tremendous and immediate effect on diverting organics from the waste stream, while also… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Compost Procurement Policies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/compost-procurement/

Government agencies, business, and institutions are developing environmental procurement guidelines and policies that require the purchase of compost to enhance their construction and/or landscaping operations. In addition, more and more of these entities are specifying that the compost be purchased locally, which minimizes transportation impacts, creates demand in the local market for a sustainable compost… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Compost-Amended Soil Requirements

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/compost-amended-soil/

Incorporating compost into soils that are disturbed or damaged by human development (such as typical construction practices) has many benefits for the overall health of the soil ecosystem including: improved water retention, increased infiltration rates, greater binding ability, pH stabilization, and micronutrient enrichment. These micro-level soil benefits in turn, lead to significant community benefits on… Continue reading