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John Farrell

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John Farrell

John Farrell is the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential highlighted in the New York Times,  showing that most states don’t need to look outside their borders to meet their electricity needs.  He’s also written extensively on the economic advantages of Democratizing the Electricity System, published a rich interactive map on solar grid parity, and polished the policies (like Minnesota’s solar energy standard) necessary to support locally owned renewable energy development.

John provides data-rich presentations on local renewable energy for the common citizen, and has wowed crowds from Presque Isle, Maine to San Francisco to Berlin.  He’s been the keynote at conferences like Solar Energy Focus in Washington, DC, and also inspired citizens in Boulder, CO, prior to their successful effort to seize more control over their energy future.

John’s work appears most regularly on Energy Self-Reliant States, a blog with timely and compelling analysis of current energy discussions and policy.  The posts are frequently enriched by charts, translating the complex economics of energy into tools for advancing local energy ownership and they are regularly syndicated at Grist, CleanTechnica, and Renewable Energy World.

Reach John on Twitter @johnffarrell or by email at jfarrell@ilsr.org

  • http://www.businessmodern.com Therese Tetzel

    Hi John, I just found your website and was amazed to read your purpose. I have been a part of the power industry since 1997 and have a good understanding of it. I love it and I am thrilled at the level of change within it. However, since the advent of renewable energy and the internet 2.0 I too have been saying “democratize” and thought I was the lone voice in the wilderness. Lucky for me I found your organization. Do you have followers in the Dallas area? I would love to have a chat with you about projects I am working on and get your opinion.

    Democratize, decentralize and distribute is the basis for a business model I am working on and I believe this concept is a match for the mindset and social structure going forward especially in the newest generation in the US.

    Therese
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