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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

New Report: 8 Ways Local Energy Policies Can Boost the Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/report-8-ways-local-energy-policies-boost-economy/

Minneapolis, MN (October 7, 2013) – The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance describes how dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases. City Power Play:  8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

City Power Play: 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

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

placeholderThe economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But dozens of cities are creating jobs and cleaner energy using their own power.

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Keeping Energy Dollars Local

  • Chattanooga, TN, is adding over $1 billion to its local economy in the next decade by implementing one of the most advanced smart grids and delivering the fastest internet service in the country with its municipal utility.
  • Sonoma County, CA, has created nearly 800 local jobs retrofitting over 2,000 properties for energy savings with city-based financing.
  • Babylon, NY, has re-purposed a solid waste fund to finance retrofits for 2% of the city’s homes, saving residents an average of $1,300 a year on their energy bills at minimal cost to the city.

Eight Powerful, Practical Policies

This report details eight practical energy policies cities can and have used to their economic advantage: Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

12 Slides for 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/12-slides-8-practical-local-energy-policies-boost-economy/

A vividly visual summary of our newest report, City Power Play: 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy, this presentation covers eight powerful policies and practices that cities have employed to reduce energy use, save money, and create local jobs, all without waiting for someone else to act. It provides short case studies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

AT&T Fails Big in Dallas, Makes Big Claims for Austin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-fails-big-dallas-makes-big-claims-austin

Even though I regularly read examples of terrible customer service from the massive corporations like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, and more, I apparently retain the capacity to be surprised as how bad they are. The Dallas Morning News recently ran this piece: “AT&T Never Misses An Opportunity to Miss An Opportunity.” In a neighborhood… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

Who’s Your Energy Daddy?

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

This panel asks ‘who’s your energy daddy?’ and for now it remains large, investor-owned utilities, and ostensibly locally-focused rural cooperatives and municipal utilities. But the energy landscape of today gives me uncomfortable reminders of the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles - the Oedipus tale. John Farrell, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, gave this panel presentation at the 23rd… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2013

Let The Red States Vote on Health Care

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

In 2009, when Congress passed the health care bill, only one Republican voted in favor.  In 2010, with opposition to the new health care law as their rallying cry, Republicans gained a net 63 seats and control of the House of Representatives.  They also won control of 11 additional states, bringing their total to 25…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 2013

Alex Marshall Coming to Humphrey School at U of Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/alex-marshall-coming-humphrey-school-u-minnesota

Six months ago, I wrote about a book by Alex Marshall, the Surprising Design of Market Economies. In a few weeks, he will be presenting to a small group at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. You can learn more about the event and register here. I am looking forward… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2013

Animated Video Provides Introduction to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/animated-video-provides-introduction-community-networks

Anyone looking for a short introduction to community owned networks should start with this brief animated video. Please share it around – embed in Facebook, blogs, whatever. We have this and other informative videos archived here. Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2013

Idaho Town Calls for Fiber Investment; Cable and DSL Not Good Enough

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/idaho-town-calls-fiber-investment-cable-and-dsl-not-good-enough

This is the third time we have found an occasion to highight the community of Ketchum in Idaho. We previously noted their work on a strategic plan and that Cox cable was booted off the broadband advisory board after trying to sabotage the process with a push poll. Now the local paper has editorialized on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2013

Poulsbo Wireless Mesh Pilot Extends Internet in Washington – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #66

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/poulsbo-wireless-mesh-pilot-extends-internet-washington-community-broadband-bits-podcast-66

With a population of over 9,000 just across Puget Sound from Seattle, Poulsbo is a town with a lot of commuters and a vision for improved access to the Internet to allow more to reduce the physical need to travel. City Councilmember Ed Stern joins us for the 66th episode of Community Broadband Bits to… Continue reading