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Xcel Energy excessive community solar fees Minnesota 2013
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2013

Improvements Needed to Xcel’s Proposed MN Community Solar Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/improvements-needed-xcels-proposed-mn-community-solar-program/

Xcel Energy has published their proposed community solar program on Sept. 30, 2013 and ILSR submitted comments on the unlawfully capped and fee-crazy program last week. Comments below Public Comments on Community Solar (Docket E-002/M-13-867) Program Design Requirements Does Xcel’s proposed plan for operating a community solar garden (CSG) meet all the program design requirements,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2013

Campus Power: Tapping Local Energy Toward a Sustainable Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/campus-power-tapping-local-energy-sustainable-future/

I gave a presentation at the 5th Annual Conference of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability on Nov. 8, 2013, talking about the challenges to sustainability and the opportunity presented by a transformation to distributed renewable energy in the utility sector. My remarks follow.  Scroll to the bottom to flip through the slide presentation…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2013

New Free Press Infographic: Stop the Corporate Cyclops From Gobbling Up Local Media

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-free-press-infographic-stop-corporate-cyclops-gobbling-local-media

When we think of the enormous cyclops we don’t usually imagine him in a suit and tie but the Free Press does and it works. In their recent Media Giants infographic, the Free Press uses the hulking one-eyed beast to represent corporate behemoths slowly taking control of our media through smaller shell companies. As media… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2013

Brenda Platt Talks Bioplastics on Toxic Free Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/brenda-platt-talks-bioplastics-toxic-free-radio/

On November 6, 2013, Debra Lynn Dadd’s Toxic Free Talk Radio Show had ILSR’s Brenda Platt as a guest representing the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative and talking about bioplastics. Brenda is Director of the Sustainable Plastics Initiative, Co-Chair of the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative (www.sustainablebiomaterials.org), and co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, based in Washington, DC…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2013

Merit Network Completes Another Segment in Rural Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/merit-network-completes-another-segment-rural-michigan

Last fall we shared news about the Merit fiber optic network moving across Michigan. An October 24th press release from Merit announced that engineers recently completed another 3,000 foot segment. The expansion created a 10 Gbps connection between Alpena and Powers, Michigan. Powers is a rural community of less than 400; approximately 10,000 people live in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2013

Common Cause Network Neutrality Comic

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

We have reported on network neutrality many times in the past. This has been a policy debate on whether Internet service providers should be able to prioritize some content at the expense of others – should Comcast be able to charge me more to visit Fox News than it does to reach MSNBC? Should it… Continue reading

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

Postcard to Welcome FCC Chair Tom Wheeler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/postcard-welcome-fcc-chair-tom-wheeler

As part of the Media Action Grassroots Network, we are releasing this postcard and have tweeted it to welcome FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and suggest an action the FCC should take. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2013

EDF Sells Green Cred to Walmart for the Low, Low Price of $66 Million

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/edf-sells-green-cred-walmart-low-price-66-million/

Environmental Defense Fund, a big cheerleader for Walmart’s sustainability efforts, gets about an eighth of its budget from the Walton family, the same folks who control Walmart. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2013

Election Day 2013 Community Owned Network Referendum Roundup

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/election-day-2013-community-owned-network-referendum-roundup

Starting with the good news, voters in Colorado overwhelmingly supported municipal network intiatives. Longmont voted 2:1 in favor of bonding to fast track network expansion. We have covered this issue in great depth recently. Read all of our coverage of Longmont here. The local paper covered the referendum results in this story: 2B’s passage means… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2013

Education SuperHighway Wants Better Broadband for Schools – Community Broadband Bits Episode #71

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/education-superhighway-wants-better-broadband-schools-community-broadband-bits-episode-71

This week’s podcast features an interview with Education SuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell to discuss how we can make sure all schools have the Internet access they need to succeed. Education SuperHighway has a plan for connecting all schools with a fiber connection while also decreasing the need for long term federal funding of school connectivity…. Continue reading