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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Vermont Draft Telecom Plan Fails to Deliver on Many Fronts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermont-draft-telecom-plan-fails-deliver-many-fronts

Last week, the Vermont Department of Public Service began a series of public hearings on the public comment draft of its State Telecommunications Plan. The plan is intended to asses the current state of the telecom landscape in Vermont, map out goals and benchmarks for the next 10 years, and provide recommendations for how to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2014

Can PUCs Lead on Distributed Renewable Energy?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/pucs-lead-distributed-renewable-energy/

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few, promising examples of Public Utilities Commissions around the U.S. that are actually making things better for… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

New York City, NY – Organics Recycling Mandate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/york-city-ny-food-organics-recovery/

According to Global Green USA, an astounding 95% of New York City’s commercial food waste is disposed of in either landfills or combustors – that is a big challenge, for a big city. But the big apple is facing this challenge head-on. In 2012, then mayor, Michael Bloomberg committed to doubling the amount of waste the city recycles or composts. In December of 2013, NYC passed its Commercial Organics Law, which is set to take effect July 1, 2015. This law mandates specific large-scale generators to arrange for the recycling of their organic materials or employ department-approved methods to process the material themselves. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Connecticut – Organics Recycling Mandate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/connecticut-organics-recovery/

A 2009 waste characterization study of Connecticut’s waste stream found that food scraps are the single most common and potentially recyclable material, by weight, of Connecticut’s disposed solid waste. One third of the state’s annual contribution to the landfill is made up of food scraps and other organics like yard trimmings, food residues, and compostable (soiled, unrecyclable) paper. It is because of these numbers that Connecticut enacted a recycling mandate for organic materials on January 1, 2014. Continue reading

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Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Vermont – Universal Recycling Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/vermont-organics-recovery/

With only one active landfill serving the entire state, Vermont is aggressively embarking on a first-of-its-kind, statewide parallel collection program of all mandated recyclable materials, including yard debris and food residuals. By taking a phased-in, all-in approach, by 2020 all of Vermont’s citizens will be required to divert food scraps and other organics from the landfill and all haulers and solid waste management facilities will be required to provide services for these materials. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 13, 2014

Webinar: Minnesota’s Value of Solar

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

What is “the value of solar” electricity? How can it be used in energy policy? And how does it differ from other policies that govern the deployment of distributed solar power? Listen in to this 30-minute webinar presentation (and 30-minute Q&A) to learn about Minnesota’s recently enacted value of solar policy, how it may work for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/announcing-coalition-local-internet-choice/

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement:   The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC –… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 4 Comments | Updated on May 30, 2014

The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

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

Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.  But the continued expansion of distributed solar… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 15, 2014

A Deep Dive on Value of Solar and the Future of Solar Energy – Episode 22 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/deep-dive-solar-future-solar-energy-episode-22-local-energy-rules/

“Utility regulation and rates is a contact sport,” says Karl Rabago, and that makes the implementation of a new “value of solar” policy complex. Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price? How does it differ from net metering? Is Minnesota’s law a precedent to follow? Prepare yourself for a deep dive… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 24, 2014

Massachusetts – Organics Disposal Ban

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/massachusetts-organics-recovery/

Massachusetts has a problem: it is running out of landfill capacity and already has disposal fees higher than the national average. Accordingly, Massachusetts plans to reduce the quantity of waste it disposes of by 30% by 2020, and by 80% by 2050. It expects to do so, in part, by increasing the amount of organic materials it diverts to 350,000 tons by 2020. Continue reading