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Article, Rule filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2015

Aggregate Net Metering

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

For larger electric customers, net metering has a hitch. In many states, the solar array (or other power generation) has to be attached to the same building (or meter) that the entity wants to offset. So if Building A has a great roof for solar but Building B is where all the energy is used,… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

Public Rooftop Revolution Report

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

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 31, 2014

Why Haven’t Cities Covered Their Buildings in Solar?

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

The city of Beaverton, OR, is getting a new solar array that will offset energy use at an underground reservoir, saving taxpayers $95,000 per year, with no upfront cost. Ventura County, CA, has a 1-megawatt solar array on its jail facility, that’s cash flow positive. Denver, CO, has nearly 4 megawatts of solar, with power… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Rooftop Revolution – Appendix

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

This wraps up the serialized edition of our residential Rooftop Revolution report.  Read the whole report in short segments below, or download the report and other resources. Part 1 – The Coming Solar Electricity Transformation Part 2 – Solar Costs and Grid Prices On a Collision Course Part 3 – The Solar Opportunity Part 4… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

New Help for Cities Auditing Private Trash and Recycling Contractors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-auditing-private-trash-recycling-contractors/

ILSR and Sustainable Environmental Management Company (SEMCO) have joined to make state-of-the-art analytical tools available to city and county agencies overseeing solid waste and recycling programs. ILSR president Neil Seldman, and SEMCO president Jon Michael Huls will direct this new outreach effort. Seldman and Huls have been working partners for over 30 years in the field of resource management. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Presentation: What Happens to Local Businesses When Walmart Moves In?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/what-happens-local-businesses-walmart/

This brief presentation looks at how Walmart could impact local businesses if it’s allowed to expand into urban areas.

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | 12 Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2012

Broadband at the Speed of Light

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

The fastest networks in the nation are built by local governments, a new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Benton Foundation reveals Chattanooga, Tennessee, is well known for being the first community with citywide access to a “gig,” or the fastest residential connections to the Internet available nationally. Less known are Bristol, Virginia,… Continue reading

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Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2008

Self-Reliant Cities

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

Originally published in 1982, we’re making this book available as a free download since many of its discussions are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago. The first half discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements and the successes and challenges. As a standalone document, we’ve also included the new foreword and the book’s last chapter, The Ecological City given the current revived debate about the subject. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2007

Global warming requires local solutions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/global-warming-requires-local-solutions/

Global warming requires local solutions Cities should use bonding authority to promote energy conservation. The savings would easily pay back the expense. By John Bailey, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 5, 2007 More than 650 cities around the country, including Minneapolis, have formally agreed to honor the Kyoto Protocol and reduce their… Continue reading

Resource filed under Broadband | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2005

Becca Vargo Daggett on Wendy Wilde Show Discussing Wireless Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/becca-vargo-daggett-wendy-wilde-show-discussing-wireless-broadband/

Wendy Wilde interviews Becca Vargo Daggett regarding broadband developments in Minnesota.
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