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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

New Amendments Could Further Erode Local Telecommunications Authority!

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

What You Can Do: Two new amendments will likely be added to an appropriations bill in Washington, that could have a devastating snowball effect in the drive for local authority. Right now, Rep. Blackburn from Tennessee is expected to offer the amendments on Tuesday or Wednesday. We anticipate the amendments to have wording that either restricts the FCC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Jun 13, 2014

California’s AB 2145 Undermines Clean Energy, Local Economies, and Majority Rule

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/californias-ab-2145-undermines-clean-energy-local-economies-majority-rule/

A powerful law in six states gives communities the power to choose their energy suppliers and direct their energy dollars toward local energy production. Two of the most prominent examples of this policy in action are in California, Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, and they’re offering electric customers better pricing with much more… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice – Episode 23 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/price-renewables-san-diegos-fight-community-choice-episode-23-local-energy-rules/

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive and yet at the same time would strive for and achieve a higher level of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2014

Breaking Down Barriers to Community Broadband—Free Webinar June 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/breaking-barriers-community-broadband-free-webinar-june-12/

Join Community Broadband Networks director Chris Mitchell for “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access” on Thursday, June 12 from 3pm-4pm to learn from other communities about strategies to creating a successful community broadband network. Click to Register   Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Chris Mitchell to Speak at “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-speak-localism-consolidation-exploration-public-broadband-options/

New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute will host “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options” from 9:30-11:30 am on May 28th. Chris will be participating in the discussion; if you can’t make it to DC, the event will be live-streamed. The conversation will focus on different approaches to improve connectivity and community strategies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 8, 2014

Local. 33% Renewable. And Lower Prices. Sonoma Clean Power “CCA” Launches.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-33-renewable-sonoma-clean-power-cca-launches/

Starting last week, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers will get more renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. More of their $180 million in energy expenses will stay in the local economy. The portion of renewable electricity (“CleanStart”) for the average customer will rise by 50%…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 5, 2014

A Little Tapped City Strategy for Boosting Local Renewable Energy

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

Many cities served by private utilities think they have little capacity to encourage local renewable energy development.  But a largely untapped tool – utility franchise contracts – may hold the key. There are two kinds of city energy systems: publicly owned or privately owned. Cities with municipal utilities already have the power to implement the… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

One City Utility is Carbon Neutral, Today – Episode 21 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/city-utility-carbon-neutral-today-episode-21-local-energy-rules/

It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33% renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neutral electricity supply. They will reach 48% renewable power in 2017 and… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

FCC removal of state barriers for broadband: a victory for communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-local-governments-advance-super-fast-internet-networks-2/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2014 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews 612-808-0689 Rebecca@ilsr.org MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is excited to hear FCC Chairman Wheeler intends to remove barriers to community owned networks. Today at the NCTA conference, Wheeler said, “… if municipal governments—the same ones that granted cable franchises—want to pursue it, they… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2014

The Power of the Collective Energy Purchasing – Episode 20 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/power-of-collective-energy-purchasing-episode-20-local-energy-rules/

“We can’t do it as an individual, But four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power – that’s really powerful.” Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and small business customers. So far, most… Continue reading