Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

Date: 24 Jul 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive markets.

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Mayors Take on Preemption to Defend Local Solutions (Episode 17)

Date: 20 Apr 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Welcome to episode seventeen of the Building Local Power podcast. In this episode, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Network’s initiative and Nick … Read More

Listen: David Morris Speaks on Preemption

Date: 17 Mar 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In October 2010, David Morris spoke to the Environmental Grantmakers Association at their annual conference in California about the dangers of preemption. The talk may be even more relevant today, a time when red states increasingly are pre-empting the authority of … Read More

Preemption, Local Authority, & Municipal Broadband (Episode 10)

Date: 26 Jan 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode, John Farrell, the director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative, interviews Christopher Mitchell (our usual podcast host) and Lisa Gonzalez of our Community Broadband Networks initiative. The three discuss the power of municipal broadband networks, how the power held in cities is integral to these projects, and the barriers put in place by cable monopolies to prevent these networks.… Read More

The Public Good Newsfeed – September 9, 2016: Trophy Hunting, Racist School Closings, and more…

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: State Universities Chase Non-State Students | State Authority Trumps Local Democracy |Trophy Hunting: Unnatural and Unconscionable | Are School Closings Racist? | Why Have We Let the Most … Read More

Opportunities and Challenges as Lafayette Considers Muni Fiber Expansion – Community Broadband Bits Episode 144

Date: 31 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After we heard that Lafayette’s LUS Fiber was considering expanding to some nearby communities, we knew we had to set up an interview with Terry Huval, Director of the Lafayette Utilities System in Louisiana. In our interview this week, Terry … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 20

Date: 22 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FCC Outlines Plan To Crush Awful State Protectionist Broadband Laws: from the it’s-about-time dept by Karl Bode, Tech Dirt While net neutrality rules are designed to protect consumers from a lack of last-mile competition, the agency’s moves on municipal broadband are … Read More

Missouri Anti-Muni Bill Advances Out of Committee

Date: 19 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Missouri Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee voted to pass anti-local choice SB 266 on March 18th. This bill, sponsored by Senator Kurt Schaefer, will increase barriers for municipal networks and damage the possibility of highly-effective partnerships … Read More

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