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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 4, 2010

Policy to Maximize On-site Use from Distributed Generation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/policy-maximize-site-use-distributed-generation/

Distributed generation (DG) puts energy production close to where it is consumed, often on people’s homes or in their backyards.  But just having a rooftop solar module doesn’t mean that every kilowatt-hour produced from sunlight is used in the home.  In fact, it’s often less than one-third, with the remaining energy production flowing out into… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 28, 2010

ILSR Tells the FCC to Embrace Community Broadband Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-tells-fcc-embrace-community-broadband-networks/
On August 19, 2010, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell was one of hundreds of people telling the Federal Communications Commission to do its job and regulate in the public interest.
Mitchell focused on the benefits of publicly owned broadband networks and the need for the FCC to ensure states cannot preempt local governments from building networks.  Click thru to read the text of Mitchell’s comments.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2010

Open Neighborhoods community solar makes solar PV in LA a homerun

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/open-neighborhoods-community-solar-makes-solar-pv-la-homerun/

Residential solar PV in Los Angeles is getting a huge boost from a new community solar buying group. With typical residential installation costs for crystalline solar PV, residents would see a 20-year payback on a solar PV installation or a minimal 2% IRR on a 25-year investment (without factoring an inverter replacement).  But what about… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2010

Chattanooga Community Fiber Network Offers Fastest Speeds in US

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chattanooga-community-fiber-network-offers-fastest-speeds-us/

Chattanooga’s publicly owned fiber broadband network, EPBFi, is now offering the fastest broadband connections available anywhere in the US.  Chattanooga operates the nations largest muni broadband network, with incredibly fast speeds at affordable rates.

The network operates in many nearby rural communities as well, ensuring that no one is left behind.  Read the full coverage at MuniNetworks.org.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2010

Europe Leads on Decentralized Renewables, but Lags on Effective Building Retrofits

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/europe-leads-decentralized-renewables-lags-effective-building-retrofits/

Decentralized renewable energy doesn’t top the climate and energy agenda in Europe or the United States, but for very different reasons. In Europe, there has already been substantial development of decentralized renewable energy, and policy makers have moved on to discussions of 100% renewable energy. In the United States, by contrast, well-heeled interest groups tend to dominate renewable energy discourse, and American energy policy reflects their paradigm of centralized generation dependent on high-voltage transmission lines.

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 14, 2010

ILSR Congratulates Chattanooga for Fastest Broadband Network in United States

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-congratulates-chattanooga-fastest-broadband-network-united-states/

The Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has announced a citywide 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps) broadband tier, by far the fastest citywide broadband tier available in the U.S.   By the end of the year, 170,000 households and businesses in the region will have access to the fastest speeds available – at affordable rates. Christopher Mitchell, the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), recently visited Chattanooga to tour and discuss their community-owned fiber network. Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 8 Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2010

Community Solar – A New Model for Local Ownership?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-solar-new-model-local-ownership/

A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities , examines nine community solar projects, the policies that made them possible, and the (substantial)barriers that remain.  Successful community solar power projects in Colorado, Maryland, and North Carolina are knocking down the price of residential-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) by… Continue reading

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Article filed under General | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2010

ILSR’s Report on Community Solar Policy Coming Soon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsrs-report-community-solar-policy-coming-soon/

Community solar power has the promise of making solar more affordable, bringing sun-powered electricity to renters or people with shady roofs, and dispersing the economics benefits of renewable energy generation.  But while a few pioneering projects have broken through the barriers to community solar power, the rules, incentives, and policies for solar PV restrict the potential of community solar.  Next week, ILSR will release its report on community solar. 

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Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 1, 2010

Community Choice Aggregation – Marin Clean Energy, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/community-choice-aggregation/3057-2/

Over 30 cities, towns and unincorporated areas have formed a community choice aggregation program in Marin County, CA.  The program will provide ratepayers with significantly higher levels of renewable energy at rates comparable to their previous PG&E electric provider. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2010

Misrepresenting Small Business

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

The two groups that have traditionally spoken for small business in Washington often push an agenda that only big business could love, writes ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in this commentary for Business Week.

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