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Featured Article filed under General | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2017

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance Participates in Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day – 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-institute-for-local-self-reliance-participates-in-minnesotas-give-to-the-max-day-2017/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is Building Local Power, but we need YOUR help! ILSR champions local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly-scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. We work with citizens, activists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to design policies that meet our needs. We want to make sure that… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2017

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

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

Update November 2016: From now on, we’ll keep the most recent data on the program’s development in this post I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2017

Video from the ILSR Archives: David Morris Speaks to TPT’s Portrait Series

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-from-the-ilsr-archives-david-morris-speaks-to-tpts-portrait-series/

In May of 1991, Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-founder David Morris was featured in Minnesota Public Television’s (TPT) Portrait series on prominent Minnesotans. The video is available here in TPT’s video archive. In this interview David speaks about the founding of ILSR and how he originally came to Minnesota, the prominence of ILSR’s work in localizing… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2017

Five Ways Co-ops Are Countering Corporate Power in Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/five-ways-co-ops-are-countering-corporate-power-in-cities/

This op-ed was originally published in Next City on October 31st, 2017. As local economies suffer from market concentration in economic sectors ranging from retail to banking, cooperatives across industries are helping to strengthen communities and keep resources local. This is nothing new; cooperatives have a long history of serving local needs. Today, the cooperative ownership… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Barich | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2017

Rural Cooperative Breaks Ground for Fiber Network in Lanesboro, Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-cooperative-breaks-ground-for-fiber-network-in-lanesboro-minnesota/

On September 22nd, Fillmore County and local telecommunications cooperative representatives participated in a groundbreaking event to mark the start of building a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in the rural town of Lanesboro, Minnesota. Fiber To The Unserved Lanesboro is located in Fillmore County about 50 minutes southeast of Rochester. The small rural town covers 1.3 square miles with a population of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2017

KentuckyWired: Partners, Poles, and Problems Plague Broadband Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/kentuckywired-partners-poles-and-problems-plague-broadband-project/

There is no one-size-fits-all method of deploying across a state filled with communities and landscapes as diverse as Kentucky. From the urban centers like Louisville and Lexington to the rocky, mountainous terrain in the southeastern Appalachian communities, demographics and geography vary widely. But most lack modern Internet access and local ISPs have found it hard to get affordable backhaul to connect to the rest of the Internet.

This is the story of the KentuckyWired middle-mille broadband project. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2017

Rural Internet Connectivity is a Campaign Issue In Virginia’s 2017 State Elections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-internet-connectivity-is-a-campaign-issue-in-virginias-2017-state-elections/

For years we’ve encouraged voters to make improving connectivity a campaign issue in local, state, and federal elections by pursuing answers from candidates. In this year’s Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has now become a topic that both candidates are addressing as a key issue. The Roanoke Times Editors, no strangers to the state’s struggles with rural Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2017

Press Release: Mayor Hodges’ Budget Would Make Minneapolis a National Clean Energy Leader

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-hodges-budget-energy-leader/

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Cities across the country are grappling with extreme weather, rising sea levels, and an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of them have committed to do what they can to address this crisis. 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. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2017

Ohio State Lawmakers Look to Minnesota for Broadband Development Ideas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ohio-state-lawmakers-look-to-minnesota-for-broadband-development-ideas/

Two Ohio State Senators are taking a page from Minnesota’s playbook to expand rural broadband connectivity. Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni and Republican Sen. Cliff Hite recently announced that they would be introducing legislation to create a grant program modeled after the Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.   Putting Money Into It The program is expected to… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2017

Minnesota Has the Best Community Solar Program — Here’s Why

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-has-the-best-community-solar-program-heres-why/

This article was originally published on MinnPost on August 21st, 2017 in its Community Voice submission section. As a long-time advocate for community-scale investment in renewable energy, I’m often asked about community solar: a burgeoning part of the solar industry and a model for its growth. In community solar programs, multiple households or businesses near a common… Continue reading