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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2014

Media Roundup: Week of August 8

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-roundup-week-august-8

This week’s rumblings on municipal broadband held more reverberations from last week’s announcement that the FCC would take up formal proceedings regarding Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions. The message for preempting state laws is being amplified, first Business Insider wrote this piece on How “Gig City” Chattanooga is putting Big Cable on the ropes: “Ultimately what… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2013

On WCCO, ILSR Director of Democratic Energy Discusses Xcel Energy Rate Hike

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wcco-ilsr-director-democratic-energy-discusses-xcel-energy-rate-hike/

“They need some more support from the Legislature in having a critical eye,” said John Farrell, of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “I think the laws that they operate under don’t give them a lot of flexibility to question…the base assumptions that Xcel is bringing to the table.” Check out the 2-minute video clip   Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2013

A Once-in-a-Generation Chance to Achieve a City’s Energy Goals – Episode 11 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/once-in-a-generation-achieve-citys-energy-goals-episode-11-local-energy-rules/

“We have this once-in-a-generation negotiation coming up next year and it’s a chance for Minneapolis to explore what its energy choices might be and how it could achieve its energy goals.” Earlier this week, the Minneapolis city council got an early look at an important “pathways study,” outlining the legal and policy strategies the city… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 12, 2013

Minneapolis could excel beyond Xcel

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

A lot of folks came to a hearing at Minneapolis City Hall eight days ago to oppose a ballot measure authorizing the city to form a municipal utility. Mostly they argued that the status quo is sufficient. I’d like to ask if they understand the question. This commentary was originally published by the Star Tribune… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2013

How a City Can Get More Clean, Local Energy

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

Like many cities attempting to solve climate change at a local level, Minneapolis is finding the prospect more challenging that it may have imagined. The lion’s share of emissions (two-thirds in the case of Minneapolis) come from electricity and gas sold by two monopoly, corporate utilities. Minnesota’s state-level policy is helping: a renewable energy standard… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2012

John Farrell Presents on Local Energy Options for Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-presents-local-energy-options-minneapolis/

What happens when a city’s franchise contracts with its incumbent electric and gas utilities expires?  A once-in-20-year opportunity to consider how its energy can be cleaner, more affordable, more reliable, and more local.  ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell presents to Environment Minnesota’s Green Ideas and Ham policy breakfast, discussing the implications of an expiring franchise… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2008

Be suspicious of megamall subsidy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/be-suspicious-of-megamall-subsidy/

Be suspicious of megamall subsidy Federal tax law discourages individual investment and local ownership of turbines. By David Morris, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 2, 2008 The almost-certainly-soon-to-be-passed $370 million tax subsidy to the Mall of America is the kind of initiative that makes people wonder whose side government is on. Here’s… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2005

Publicly owned broadband would serve city best

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/publicly-owned-broadband-would-serve-city-best/

On June 27, the Supreme Court ruled that cable companies have the sole authority to decide who may use their high-speed communications networks. They can decide what information to transmit, and what information they will refuse to transmit.

The decision clears the way for the FCC to allow phone companies to monopolize their own information highways. And it underscores the need for communities to build their own information infrastructure.

Both cable and phone companies want to sign up as many Internet subscribers as possible because in the near future, phone, television and Internet will all be offered through the same broadband connection. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2004

Business Forum: Teaching People to Think – Badly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/business-forum-teaching-people-to-think-badly/

Business Forum: Teaching People to Think – Badly by David Morris Originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 25, 2004 In 1998, with much fanfare, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis formally launched its “Economic Literacy” initiative. As President Gary Stern explained: “Economic literacy is crucial because it is a measure of whether people… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Community Hero Card Promotes Local Businesses and Volunteering

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-hero-card-promotes-local-businesses-and-volunteering/

A new program in Minneapolis rewards residents for supporting locally owned businesses and volunteering at local nonprofits. Developed by CHC Data Inc., the new Community HeroCard enables residents to earn rebates by shopping at more than 40 local stores. The rebate doubles if the cardholder volunteers at a nonprofit organization. The card looks like a credit card with a magnetic data strip that works in a standard debit card machine. Continue reading