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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2012

Kentucky Bill Could End Rural Telephone Service for Some

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kentucky-bill-could-end-rural-telephone-service-some

Kentucky is considering a bill that would significantly change rural telephone service in the state. An editorial examines in issue here. We signed on to a letter opposing the bill, reprinted … Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2012

Get a Local Clean Energy Future by Trading-in the 20th Century Electric Grid

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-clean-energy-future-trading-in-20th-century-electric-grid/

In a New York Times SundayReview piece last week – Drawing the Line at Power Lines – Elisabeth Rosenthal suggested that our desire for clean energy will require significant tradeoffs: There are pipelines, trains, trucks and high-voltage transmission lines. None of them are pretty, and all have environmental drawbacks. But if you want to drive… Continue reading

Cost of Distributed Solar versus Centralized Solar Power
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2012

Distributed Generation Hits Sweet Spot in Cost v. Transmission

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/distributed-generation-hits-sweet-spot-in-cost-v-transmission/

Update 3/27/12: added clarification to text and chart that prices include federal tax incentives If the cost of electricity were the only factor in energy discussions, we’d probably have a lot more coal and a lot less renewable energy.  But the truth is that renewable energy can compete on cost and distributed renewable energy has… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2012

Shareholders Matter in Network Neutrality Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shareholders-matter-network-neutrality-rules

The SEC has moved network neutrality from the murky back rooms of day-to-day operations into the bright light of of shareholder resolutions. 
This is a significant turn for the SEC and it … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2012

Introducing Becca

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

Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed a new byline this week starting with the OpenCape post – ILSR welcomes back Becca Vargo Daggett. Becca is doing some research and writing for us that will show up on MuniNetworks.org and in upcoming publications.
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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