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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 10, 2013

VICTORY against Maryland’s “Waste Portfolio Standard” — the Latest Creative Way to Prop Up Incinerators

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/victory-against-maryland-incinerator-bill/

What does an incinerator industry do when they can’t compete? Change the rules. Biomass and trash incinerators are the most expensive way to make energy, and trash incineration costs more than directly landfilling the waste. These industries survive to the extent that they can change the rules to get monopoly waste contracts, become ‘renewable’ energy in state mandates, or as we’re seeing in Maryland: worse. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2013

CDE Lightband The Latest 1 Gig Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cde-lightband-latest-1-gig-network

What can you do with a gig? There is a residential customer in Clarksville, Tennessee, that knows. CDE Lightband, Clarksville’s municipal provider, recently began offering 1 gig service for $349.95 per month. The Leaf Chronicle recently reported that CDE Lightband also just signed on its first 1 gig residential customer. CDE Lightband offers triple play… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2013

Sascha Meinrath Causes a Commotion on Community Broadband Bits #41

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sascha-meinrath-causes-commotion-community-broadband-bits-41

Sascha Meinrath, Director of the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at the New America Foundation, joined me at the National Conference for Media Reform to discuss what OTI does and to discuss the Commotion Wireless project. Commotion is a project that is making it easier for anyone to build wireless mesh networks that allow for secure,… Continue reading

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

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition Gather in DC May 1-3

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/schools-health-and-libraries-broadband-coalition-gather-dc-may-1-3

DC is the place to be May 1 – 3 to see how broadband and telecommunications policy will affect education, research, and healthcare. The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) annual conference will be at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The conference this year is titled “Getting to a Gigabit” and speakers will address… Continue reading

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

Jefferson County, Washington, Set to Build New Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jefferson-county-washington-set-build-new-fiber-network

Another county in Washington will soon be connected via a community owned fiber network. Peter Quinn, of the Economic Development Committee Team Jefferson, tells us that the Public Utility District of Jefferson County will be investing in the new infrastructure. The Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet), will operate the Jefferson County network for at least the next… Continue reading

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

War for the Web Documentary Halfway Through Production

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/war-web-documentary-halfway-through-production

War for the Web is halfway through production and just launched a new trailer featuring some of the interviews they have already captured: They have launched an indiegogo campaign to raise the necessary funds to finish it and are looking for support! Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2013

Paul Spencer and the Community Solar ‘Holy Grail’: Episode 6 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/paul-spencer-community-solar-holy-grail-episode-6-local-energy-rules-podcast/

This week John Farrell and Wade Underwood talk with Paul Spencer, President and founder of the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) in Carbondale, CO. The CEC is pioneering the process of delivering clean power-generation through medium-scale (mostly solar) facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. In many ways, their community energy model is the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2013

Santa Clara Uses Smart Meters to Expand the Reach of Free Wi-fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/santa-clara-uses-smart-meters-expand-reach-free-wi-fi

Smart meters aren’t just for electricity anymore. In Santa Clara, the city is now using the technology to bring free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi to the entire community. The Washington Post recently covered the story New smart meters, now being installed on homes, are primarily for electricity and water metering. The meters send usage reports via… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Wade | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 4, 2013

Solar Costs and Grid Prices On a Collision Course

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-costs-grid-prices-collision/

With the cost of solar continuing to fall rapidly (50% in the past five years) and electricity prices rising steadily, if slowly, the approach of solar grid parity is near. The following chart illustrates the trajectory of solar cost and electricity price, hinting at the coming intersection. 1 The chart compares the cost of a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2013

Community Anchor Institutions in Rural Washington Connected by NoaNet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-anchor-institutions-rural-washington-connected-noanet

Adams County, situated in eastern Washington, is now connected to the regional Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) infrastructure. Ritzville, the county seat and home to about 1,600 people, connected last fall, funded through a combination of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) stimulus grants, funds from public utility districts, and surrounding communities. As with other NoaNet… Continue reading