Ballot Initiative Shapes Iowa Town’s Fight for Local Power — Episode 54 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 25 Apr 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can a town do to advance clean energy locally if it is fed up with its incumbent, investor-owned monopoly utility? In the latest episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative, interviews Andy Johnson and Joel Zook, community members and local energy leaders from Decorah Power, about an upcoming ballot initiative in Decorah, Iowa, and the culmination of an organized, grassroots effort by residents to take back local control of their electric utility and energy future. In a midterm election year, this is one vote that those who care about local, clean energy will not want to miss.… Read More

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Annual Update — 2017

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. experienced relatively sluggish gains in total new power plant capacity in 2017, when compared to 2016, but it also saw another, more positive outcome: a notable surge in distributed solar. Using the latest available national data on power generation, this most recent look at data on annual and quarterly electricity generation nationwide from the Energy Democracy Initiative at ILSR illustrates how small-scale, distributed solar energy stacks up against its big, fossil fuel and utility-scale renewable energy competitors.… Read More

South Miami: A Bright Spot for Solar in Sunshine State — Episode 53 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 11 Apr 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can a small city do to advance clean energy locally, if its state commissioners and legislators are not willing to take their jobs regulating monopoly electric utilities seriously? John Farrell interviews Philip Stoddard, the pioneering, fourth-term mayor of South Miami, Florida, who has been sticking up to the state’s incumbent utility, in order to make the state live up to its billing as the Sunshine State.… Read More

Getting San Diego Ready for 100% Renewable Energy — Episode 52 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 14 Mar 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

More than 50 U.S. Cities have made commitments to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, but how do communities build the political will to adopt such goals, and how do they plan to meet them? John Farrell interviews Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign to learn how San Diego’s community choice program will move them toward 100 percent renewable electricity.
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Central Vermont Communities Vote Yes on Combined Communications District

Date: 7 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A group of 13 communities in central Vermont decided to ask voters if they should combine their efforts to create a communications district that can address their woes on Internet connectivity by creating a regional fiber-optic network. By March 6th, twelve of thirteen communities who took up the proposal at Town Meeting passed it, and the thirteenth will address the subject in May.… Read More

Neighborhood Groups in a Washington State County Connect to Fiber Network

Date: 2 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community-members in Kitsap County are moving inexorably toward neighborhood level broadband availability! The Lookout Lane community formed their LUD and worked with the Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD) to expand its open access network to their neighborhood because they were stuck with slow CenturyLink DSL. Residents didn’t feel that they were getting what they were paying for at $60 per month and 1 Megabit per second (Mbps) on average download speed. Now they have options up to 1 gigabit symmetrical via the publicly owned open access network.… Read More

Montana Wants Network Neutrality, Executive Order Makes It So

Date: 24 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to the repeal of net neutrality protections by the Federal Communications Commission, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order establishing that any Internet Service Provider signing a contract with the state must abide by the principle of net neutrality.… Read More

Greeley, Colorado Municipal Network Gains Support in Local Letter

Date: 16 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Now that they have removed the weight of Colorado’s restrictive SB 152, Greeley is looking forward to future solutions to poor Internet access. In a recent letter to the local Tribune, resident Richard Reilly offered three reasons why Greeley should develop a … Read More

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