John Farrell discusses the Feed-in Tariff in an interview on Etopia News Now. Audio quality is poor. 32 Minutes long. Continue reading
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A new policy brief from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance concludes that universal dividends are a critically important tool to create the political will and public acceptance for a carbon cap. Universal dividends have the potential to hold harmless a large segment of consumers while we move to a low-carbon economy. Moreover, the universal dividend honors the principle that the sky belongs to all of us equally. Continue reading
Several European countries and the Canadian province of Ontario have recently adopted feed-in tariffs, a mandated, long-term premium price for renewable energy paid by the local utility company to renewable energy producers. A new study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) shows how feed-in tariffs could turbocharge Minnesota’s renewable electricity standard, reduce costs, and spread the economic benefits across the state.
David Morris, Vice President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance addresses the 2007 25x’25 National Renewable Energy Summit Continue reading
ILSR’s Vice President, David Morris, on WCCO’s "Good Question" segment that asked What is OPEC? Segment aired December 7, 2007. Continue reading
ILSR’s Vice President, David Morris, was interviewed on WCCO’s "Good Question" segment that answered why Minnesota’s oil pipeline is so important. Segment aired November 29, 2007 Continue reading
This November 2007 report by John Farrell, John Bailey and David Morris examines the impact that Minnesota’s energy policies will have on Minnesota’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. Even if fully achieved, the state’s energy policies would simply slow the rate at which GHG emissions continue to grow.
Minnesota has adopted an aggressive state-level greenhouse gas (GHG)reduction goal but Minnesota’s energy policy objectives, even if achieved, would simply slow the rate at which we are moving the the wrong direction. To significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions Minnesota must reduce energy consumption.
This November 2007 report by David Morris and Ann Robertson evaluates the evaluates that issue by analyzing the impact of the proposed $1.5 billion tax shift legislation, the Economic Efficiency and Pollution Reduction Act (EEPRA) on Minnesota’s most energy-intensive business sectors and estimating the potential for those sectors to offset any increased tax burden through cost-effective efficiency improvements.
Under EEPRA, energy-intensive businesses would pay higher net taxes while energy-efficient businesses would pay lower net taxes. While this is an intended outcome of the tax shift, businesses in Minnesota are concerned that the tax shift could impose a competitive burden on certain sectors.
A new kind of hybrid uses less gas and more electricity. All-electric cars are already here. What will this mean for the road trip of the future? ILSR’s David Morris plugs in and gives us a little history lesson of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).
The California Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007 (AB 1470), creates a 10-year program aimed at installing 200,000 solar water heaters in homes and businesses using a $250 million fund. Continue reading