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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2012

German Policy Could Make Solar in America “Wunderbar”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/german-policy-solar-america-wunderbar/

This post was originally titled Residential Solar for $2.24 per Watt in Germany? The Germans are debating significant revisions to their landmark renewable energy policy, and instead of declaring the death of the German solar market, Americans should focus on why solar still costs so much on this side of the Atlantic. After a significant… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2012

Residential Solar for $2.24 per Watt in Germany?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/residential-solar-2-24-watt-germany/

The Germans have proposed significant revisions to their landmark renewable energy policy, the feed-in tariff, and the proposed prices should make Americans wonder why solar still costs so much on this side of the Atlantic. After a significant step-down in March, German utilities will be buying rooftop solar on long-term contracts from projects 10 kilowatts… Continue reading

Proposed Wind Turbine in Goodhue County, Minnesota
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2012

Citizens Make an Example of Minnesota “Community Wind” Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/citizens-make-an-example-of-minnesota-community-wind-project/

Community wind promises to expand the economic opportunity of transitioning the electricity system to cleaner energy, and engage local communities.  Unfortunately, there’s “community wind” and community wind, as one Minnesota project starkly illustrates. Goodhue Wind was first envisioned as a “community wind” project by National Wind in 2008 as a 78 megawatt (MW) wind power… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2012

In Iowa, Indianola Networks Helps Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/iowa-indianola-networks-helps-local-businesses

The latest addition to our Community Broadband Network Map is Indianola, Iowa. The Indianola Municipal Utilities own a network that a private partner, MCG, presently uses to offer services to … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2012

Telecom for Medicine: Public Networks Beat Monopoly and Duopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/telecom-medicine-public-networks-beat-monopoly-and-duopoly

This is a good news/bad news story. The good news is, cable companies are starting to challenge telco dominance in health care communications. According to Bloomberg, they are “ramping up sal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2012

Florida Pro Corporate Group Argues for Less Broadband Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/florida-pro-corporate-group-argues-less-broadband-competition

The Florida Independent has taken a look at a pro-massive cable monopoly group in Florida and compared their opinions to ours regarding broadband policy. The Coalition for the New Economy — which works to ensure “that investments in broadband networks are used efficiently and effectively”— wrote Tuesday that “funding for government-owned broadband networks is very… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2012

OpenCape is Almost Open for Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/opencape-almost-open-business

Cape Cod brings thoughts of ocean waves and wind swept beaches. OpenCape and SmarterCape Partnership want to add “really fast pipe” to that image.
This winter, crews have begun installing o… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2012

Review of Recycling Reconsidered

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/review-of-recycling-reconsidered/

Impressions of Recycling Reconsidered By Samantha MacBride Reviewed for GreenYes Listserve Ms. MacBride makes zero waste one of her central concerns. She provides the best description and analysis of the recycling movement I have seen to date. It is not perfect, but she captures the nuances that link and yet differentiate components of the movement…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2012

Public Ownership of Networks Can Solve Broadband Policy Fights

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/public-ownership-networks-can-solve-broadband-policy-fights

We are running a guest commentary today. Eric Null is a third-year law student at Cardozo Law School in New York City. He is passionate about corporate and intellectual property law, as well a… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2012

Tech News Today: Georgia Hates the Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tech-news-today-georgia-hates-internet

On Wednesday, Tech News Today on the This Week in Tech (TWiT) network had Christopher Mitchell on to discuss pending legislation in Georgia that would essentially outlaw publicly owned networks in the state.
I come on about 25 minutes, 45 seconds in… Continue reading