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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2012

Lots of Solar Power May Reduce, Not Increase, Electricity Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lots-solar-power-reduce-increase-electricity-prices/

Whether German feed-in tariffs or U.S. tax incentives, opponents of solar rail at its perceived high cost. But a story making rounds this week, “why power generators are terrified of solar,” presents a powerful image that may flip this conventional wisdom on its head. Building lots of solar power can actually reduce electricity prices, to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 4 Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2012

Democracy Under Attack

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

For its first 200 years the American Republic slowly, sometimes infuriatingly slowly and at horrific human cost (e.g. the Civil War) expanded the franchise. In 1870 the 15th Amendment gave blacks the right to vote.  In 1920, the 19th Amendment extended the franchise to women. In 1924 Congress granted Native Americans citizenship and thus the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2012

Let’s Settle Cleveland’s Garbage Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lets-settle-clevelands-garbage-future/

In the 1980’s Cleveland considered garbage incineration. It was rejected, but no positive action was taken. For thirty years Cleveland’s valuable materials flowed to low-cost area landfills. This left the city vulnerable to the next push for incineration. The push came three years ago; this plan fell to pieces a few days ago. What will the City do now? Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under General | Written by admin | 3 Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2012

What Happened to the New Rules Project?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/what-happened-to-the-new-rules-project/

It’s all still here. We have reorganized the NewRules.org and ILSR.org websites to better coordinate and publicize our work. All of the project’s activity, research, and information continues here, on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s new web site. The New Rules Project’s primary focus areas — Energy, Banking, Broadband, Independent Business, and The Public Good… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2012

Tornado Destroys Homes, Cable Companies Charge Homeowners

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tornado-destroys-homes-cable-companies-charge-homeowners

When a tornado rips your town apart and destroys your home, should you have to pay extra fees to your cable provider? Of course not. But we continue to see these news stories about massive cable companies ripping off people who are just trying to find the energy to get by day to day. Last… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Banking | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2012

Banking For the Rest of Us

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

In this cover story for Sojourners Magazine, Stacy Mitchell writes that there is remarkably little evidence to support the idea that bigger banks are superior. They have come to dominate, not because they are more efficient or offer better services, but because they have rigged government policy in their own favor. It’s time for a new set of rules—banking policies for the 99 percent. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2012

Chattanooga Sees Rewards, Benefits From Community Fiber Enabled Smart Grid

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-sees-rewards-benefits-community-fiber-enabled-smart-grid

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, reports that the City’s last IntelliRuptor, or “smart switch,” will be installed on April 24th. No wonder EPB was named one of The Networked Grid – Top Ten Utility Smart Grid Deployments in North America by Greentech Media. EPB also received a special award for Best Distribution Automation, thanks to… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2012

New Minnesota Networks Face Tough Challenges

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-minnesota-networks-face-tough-challenges

MPR News recently ran two stories on the trials and tribulations of new and prospective broadband networks. Conrad Wilson’s story about the continuing Monticello drama and Jennifer Vogel’s account of factors affecting the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) projects give us a good idea of the many hurdles in the way of building new… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2012

States Scream at Feds for Preempting, Then Preempt Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/states-scream-feds-preempting-then-preempt-cities

Here at muninetworks.org, we continually see instances of state government preempting rights of local government to make their own decisions on broadband. It was no surprise to us to read Josh Goodman’s recent Stateline.org article, GOP Legislatures Try to Limit Local Government’s Power. Goodman takes a look at a disturbing trend in the relationships between… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 27, 2012

History is Repeating Itself: Trash Burner Proposals Proliferate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/history-is-repeating-itself/

Proposals for large-scale garbage incineration are proliferating throughout the US, just as they did 30 years ago. They claim to be new and improved with some companies offering ‘state-of-the-art’ technologies such as plasma arc, gasification, and pyrolysis. Once again citizens, small businesses and elected officials are saying “No.” Continue reading