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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2015

Solar Net Metering a Subsidy to Utilities?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-net-metering-a-subsidy-to-utilities/

When Robert Nohavec of Park City, Utah; Jabbar Graham from Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Don Born, of Waldoboro, Maine installed solar on their homes, they had something unexpected in common. They were all giving back to their electric company and their community. That’s because solar energy systems tend to provide more value to the… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of June 19, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-june-19-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Hawaii’s solar ranking drops Florida solar initiative faces pushback Battles over fixed charges proliferate across Midwest in wake of Wisconsin cases Featured Stories The U.S. solar industry is shifting toward consumers by  Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune The opening of the urban commons by Greg Kats, GreenBiz The opening of the urban commons… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Greys Paper Will Build Small Scale Recycled Paper Plants in U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/greys-paper-will-build-small-scale-recycled-paper-plants-in-u-s/

The Greys Paper Company, Edmonton, Canada will build the first two small-scale high grade recycled paper mills in the US in Texas and Kansas. ILSR recommended this company to ILSR’s long time working partners the MId America Regional Council of Governments (MARC), Kansas City and the Department of Resource Recovery, Austin, TX. Both agencies followed… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Unanswered Questions about the Public Rooftop Revolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/unanswered-questions-about-the-public-rooftop-revolution/

At the beginning of June 2015, ILSR released its Public Rooftop Revolution report, which described how cities across the nation put the shine on municipal rooftops with more than 5,000 MW of solar. That 5,000 MW is as much as one-quarter of all solar installed in the U.S. to date — and many cities could… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Solar Potential on Public Buildings in Kansas City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-potential-on-public-buildings-in-kansas-city/

How much solar is installed on municipal buildings? How much could be installed? As we discovered in writing ILSR’s Public Rooftop Revolution report—the latest in the Rooftop Revolution series—nobody had the answer, for almost every city we contacted. But in the course of the research, three cities answered our call to analyze their rooftop solar potential… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 21, 2015

Trade and Sovereignty

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/trade-and-sovereignty/

On May 8th at Nike’s headquarters, President Obama denounced opponents of the hotly contested Trans-Pacific Partnership as ill informed. “(C)ritics warn that parts of this deal would undermine American regulation….They’re making this stuff up. This is just not true. No trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws.” On May 18th the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2015

Boston Globe Profiles Lafayette; OpenCape Inspired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/boston-globe-profiles-lafayette-opencape-inspired/

 In a recent Boston Globe Opinion, Dante Ramos notes that Boston has a reputation as a technology hub. When seeking options and affordability, however, Ramos recounts the successful approach of Lafayette, Louisiana: Today, the top broadband speeds advertised to residential customers in Boston are about one-ninth of what’s available in Lafayette. A municipal network in… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | 15 Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2015

For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dark-store-tax-tactic-makes-big-box-stores-terrible-deal-for-cities/

Under what has become known as the “dark store” method, big-box retailers are declaring their busy stores to be functionally obsolescent and therefore nearly worthless for tax purposes —and they’re winning big judgments for back taxes. It’s the latest example of the way that, even as local governments continue to bend over backwards to attract big-box development, these stores are consistently a terrible deal. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2015

Treaties, Trade Agreements and Government by the People

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/treaties-trade-agreements-and-government-by-the-people/

For much of our history, trade agreements were considered treaties. According to the Constitution they had to be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. The House does not participate in ratification of treaties (Article II, Section 2). By the late 19th century Congress realized it was far too cumbersome to require a Congressional… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2015

Solar Potential on Public Buildings in Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-potential-on-public-buildings-in-minneapolis/

How much solar is installed on municipal buildings? How much could be installed? As we discovered in writing ILSR’s Public Rooftop Revolution report—the latest in the Rooftop Revolution series—nobody had the answer, for almost every city we contacted. But in the course of the research, three cities answered our call to analyze their rooftop solar potential… Continue reading