Report: Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity

Date: 27 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This white paper, put together by a team of community solar specialists, offers guidance for those working to establish equitable community solar programs. It details 30 policy/program guidelines for municipal utility administrators, policymakers, and advocates of accessible solar for all.… Read More

Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

Date: 19 Feb 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report examines community choice energy, a policy giving cities and counties the right to purchase energy on behalf of electricity customers. Enabled in 9 states, community choice agencies are revolutionizing the utility model by offering cheaper, cleaner energy that aligns with local goals.… Read More

Updated Policy Brief: Cooperatives Bring Fiber Internet Access to Rural America

Date: 17 Dec 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Originally published in 2017, our report, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model for the Internet Era, focuses on cooperatives as a proven model for deploying fiber optic Internet access across the country. An update in the spring of 2019 included additional information about the rate co-ops are expanding Internet service, and now we’ve updated it … Read More

ILSR’s 2019 Annual Report: Building Local Power

Date: 2 Dec 2019 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s been a tremendous year for ILSR and for our work fighting corporate control and building local power across the economy. Our 2019 Annual Report outlines some of the progress we’ve made this year. In addition to the many policy victories and accomplishments we’ve had, we’ve also quietly celebrated our 45th birthday! … Read More

Report: Walmart’s Monopolization of Local Grocery Markets

Date: 26 Jun 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 43 metropolitan areas and 160 smaller markets, Walmart controls 50 percent or more of the local grocery market. No other corporation in history has ever amassed this degree of control over the U.S. food system. Our findings provide a stark illustration of the failings of contemporary antitrust policy.… Read More

Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar

Date: 6 May 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minnesota is the national leader in community solar, with 208 projects around the state, more than a third of all community solar projects in the U.S. The state’s community solar policy is the best, making it easy to develop and subscribe to solar power. Read more about the benefits for customers, workers, and landowners in a new report from Vote Solar, MnSEIA, and the Institute for Local Self Reliance.… Read More

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