A Series of Local Energy Rules

A growing number of cities, big and small, are committing to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Today, more than 80 cities have adopted formal commitments to do so.

While these commitments are certainly inspiring, they often prompt more questions than they answer.

How can cities reach these goals and do so equitably and in ways that broaden participation? Will electricity come from local, distributed sources or far flung, centralized facilities? What can others learn from those cities that are taking the lead?

This multi-part podcast series — Voices of 100% — will be highlighting the voices of local leaders and taking a deeper dive into these questions to learn how communities are implementing renewable energy commitments.


Do you know any local leaders we should interview about 100 percent renewable energy commitments in their communities? Send us an email at voicesof100@ilsr.org.

Follow along and chime into this conversation on social media using the new hashtag #Voicesof100, and existing hashtags #Readyfor100 and #Mayors4CleanEnergy.


Voices of  Podcast Episodes

Episodes in this series are featured below. Be sure to check back for updates, explore all of our Local Energy Rules podcast episodes, and subscribe to this podcast feed: iTunes or RSS/XML.

Voices of 100%: Atlanta Works Toward Clean Energy for All — Episode 62 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Atlanta Works Toward Clean Energy for All — Episode 62 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Marie Donahue

October 10th, 2018

Across the U.S., over 80 cities have made commitments to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. As the largest such city in the Southeast, the city of Atlanta has been a regional leader in evaluating how to succeed. In ourREAD MORE


Voices of 100%: San Diego’s Pathway Forward — Episode 61 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: San Diego’s Pathway Forward — Episode 61 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Marie Donahue

September 19th, 2018

As a growing number of U.S. cities make commitments to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, how are cities making plans to achieve these goals? In our third episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, SanREAD MORE


Voices of 100%: Shifting the Paradigm toward Renewable Power in Pueblo, Colo. — Episode 60 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Shifting the Paradigm toward Renewable Power in Pueblo, Colo. — Episode 60 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Marie Donahue

August 29th, 2018

As a growing number of U.S. cities make commitments to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, how are cities making plans to achieve these goals? In our second episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, JohnREAD MORE


Voices of 100%: Mayor Dale Ross on Georgetown’s Successful Switch to Renewable Power — Episode 58 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Mayor Dale Ross on Georgetown's Successful Switch to Renewable Power — Episode 58 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

John Farrell

August 8th, 2018

As a growing number of U.S. cities make commitments to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, how can cities actually achieve these goals? In this first episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, John Farrell interviewsREAD MORE


Additional  Resources

Want more information? Find tools and materials from ILSR and others on how to advance renewable energy commitments locally, below.

Explore how to implement a 100 percent local, renewable energy commitment in your community, using ILSR’s Community Power Toolkit.

Locate cities and towns with existing commitments and explore state policies that help advance these clean energy goals, using ILSR’s Community Power Map.


More Posts and Commentary

Read more from ILSR about the transition to 100 percent local, renewable power.

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

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

John Farrell

March 14th, 2018

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 theyREAD MORE


Reminder: The Fight for 100 Percent Renewable is Political

Reminder: The Fight for 100 Percent Renewable is Political

John Farrell

June 28th, 2017

As more cities pledge their commitment to purchase 100 percent of their power from renewable sources, some researchers question the feasibility of such energy policies. Read John Farrell's response toREAD MORE


Broadly Sharing the Benefits of “Decarbonization”

Broadly Sharing the Benefits of “Decarbonization”

John Farrell

January 11th, 2017

After seeing a presentation on “deep decarbonization” outlining necessary changes to the U.S. economy in order to reach our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, John Farrell discusses some of the nuaREAD MORE


From Our Partners

Check out numerous stories and other tools offered by our partners, who are advancing 100 percent renewable energy commitments across the country.


The Voices of 100% podcast series was originally posted at ilsr.org. For timely updates, follow John Farrell or Marie Donahue on Twitter, our energy work on Facebook, or sign up to get the Energy Democracy weekly update.

Local Energy Rules is a regular podcast project of the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, produced by Energy Democracy Director John Farrell and Research Associate Marie Donahue, sharing powerful stories of successful local renewable energy and exposing the policy and practical barriers to its expansion.