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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2017

Indiana Eases Easements For Electric Cooperatives, Allows Fiber Infrastructure Investments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/indiana-eases-easements-for-electric-cooperatives-allows-fiber-infrastructure-investments/

The State Legislature in Indiana sent SB 478 to Governor Eric Holcomb earlier this session; he recently signed the bill into law. Also known as the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, the new law allows electric cooperatives with easements for electric lines to use those same easement for fiber infrastructure. The change in… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2014

Rural Broadband Funding Webinar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-broadband-funding-webinar-2/

The FCC has made a $100 million fund available to organizations seeking to bring advanced telecommunications to rural America. The National Rural Assembly is hosting a national webinar to explain the criteria and application process. If you or your organization have a stake in expanding broadband in rural areas, you may want to consider this… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2014

A $6 Billion Opportunity for the Rural Energy Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/6-billion-opportunity-rural-energy-economy/

One of the biggest barriers to making investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy is the upfront cost. So what if members of rural electric cooperative and rural municipal electric utilities could borrow money for small-scale improvements on the same terms as the utilities for their large-scale power plants? Starting in 2014, they can. The… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2008

New Report Argues For A Renewable Energy Policy That Puts Rural Communities First

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/for-immediate-release-15/

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 NEW REPORT ARGUES FOR A RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY THAT PUTS RURAL COMMUNITIES FIRST   Minneapolis, MN—(September 8, 2008).  The next 20 years could generate as much as $1 trillion in new renewable energy investment in rural America. But as a new Ford Foundation-sponsored study by the Institute for… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2006

The Once and Future Carbohydrate Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/once-and-future-carbohydrate-economy/

The carbohydrate economy could transform agriculture as well as energy, reviving producer co-ops, and giving farmers a hedge against voilatile commodity prices. For the first time in 60 years, the carbohydrate economy is back on the public-policy agenda. It is an exciting historical opportunity, but one we should approach with deliberation and foresight.

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