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TalkSolar/CleanTechnica Podcast: Democratic Energy

In this week’s TalkSolar/CleanTechnica podcast, Beth Bond chatted with John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Regular readers are very familiar with John’s work, as he has been contributing on CleanTechnica since 2011. Show More Summary

Top 5 Democratic Energy Resources Of 2013

From the Democratic Energy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Rooftop Revolution A combination resource of our two reports on residential and commercial solar grid parity, including a slideshow, infographic, and an amazing interactive map (#5 on this list by itself). Show More Summary

Solar Gird Parity Infographic, + An Important Addendum

Originally published on Cost of Solar. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has published some wonderful reports on the solar rooftop revolution. It has also published numerous articles, charts, and graphics on this. Below is...Show More Summary

8 Practical Local Energy Policies To Boost The Economy

Originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shows that dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases. Show More Summary

8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shows that dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases. City...Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, September 25: UTILITY REVERSES, FINDS NEW ENERGY CHEAPER THAN GAS; UK’S BIGGEST BIRD PROTECTION GROUP TO BUILD HQ WIND; WHAT 60 MILLION SMART METERS SAY

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UTILITY REVERSES, FINDS NEW ENERGY CHEAPER THAN GAS Utility Agrees: (Their) Solar Should Supplant Natural Gas September 16, 2013 (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) “Five months ago, one of the country’s ten largest electric utilities told regulators in Minnesota that it needed three new natural gas power plants to handle peak energy demand. Show More Summary

600 Investors In South Dakota’s Premier Community Wind Project

This is a podcast of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance In this episode of Local Energy Rules, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, John Farrell, speaks to Brian Minish, CEO of South Dakota Wind Partners about a community wind project...Show More Summary

Identifying If “Buy Local” Campaigns Really Work

A 2013 report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance surveyed 2,377 independent, locally owned businesses across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Combined, these businesses employ 37,032 people and most have five or fewer employees – with only 5% having over 50 employees. Of these small businesses, over half were retailers. Among the [...]

The One Thing Obama’s Climate Policy Can’t Leave Out

This article first appeared on The Institute for Local Self-Reliance website When President Obama unveils his climate policy proposal in the coming days, he should focus on the one key element of successful climate and energy policy....Show More Summary

First Solar, Inc. (FSLR), SolarCity Corp (SCTY): The Best Way to Handle Solar’s Transition

Solar energy is in a transition. Panels are achieving parity with grid energy in more-and-more places. The maps put out by groups like the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as recently as this year may be partly obsolete, as installed costs for panels are now far below the $3.72 per watt being quoted as the 2013 [...]

QUICK NEWS, May 22: WHAT THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM GERMAN SOLAR SUCCESS; EARLY RESULTS SHOW WIND CAN PROTECT EAGLES; TEXAS GROWING NEW ENERGY, QUADRUPLES SUN

WHAT THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM GERMAN SOLAR SUCCESS Germany Has More Solar Power Because Everyone Wins John Farrell, February 8 and May 20, 2013 (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) “…[Most have figured out it is not the Germany’s solar resource or policies make it a world solar industry force. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, May 15: MINNESOTA’S SOLAR AMBITIONS IN CONTEXT; RHODE ISLAND’S FIGHT OVER OCEAN WIND; VC MONEY FOR SMART GRID STEADY

MINNESOTA’S SOLAR AMBITIONS IN CONTEXT Minnesota’s Proposed Solar Standard in Comparison John Farrell, April 25, 2013 (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) “Some Minnesota legislators are getting a little weak-kneed listening to utility...Show More Summary

Report: Composting Food Scraps, Clippings Could Create 2X as Many Jobs as Landfilling

Composting is a major job creator, according to a new report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC, in conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week. The report, based on a survey of Maryland composters, claims that 1,400 new full-time jobs could be supported for every million tons of [...]

Charticle: Local Permitting Makes a Bigger Difference as Solar Gets Cheap

John Farrell via Institute for Local Self-Reliance Going solar keeps getting cheaper, but most of the cost savings have come from less expensive solar panels. “Soft costs,” like permitting and inspections, are a rising share of the cost of a solar installation. Several years ago, these permits could increase the cost of a residential solar project [...]

Open thread for night owls: Decentralizing electrical power can help decentralize economic power

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, author of the Big Box Scandal and publisher of the monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin. Here is her TedX talk on "Why We Can't Shop Our Way...Show More Summary

Showrooming Taking a Bite Out of Local Businesses

The Institute for Self-Reliance recently released a survey of local businesses. One topic they covered was showrooming and as the chart below shows, it's having an impact on local retailers. As we pointed out last year, showrooming is just starting...

Do Buy Local Programs Work?

Interesting study done by the Institute for Self-Reliance shows that buy local programs are effective, or at least that's what the local businesses who responded think. As the chart below, from the study, shows 75% of respondents think the programs...

Barriers To Distributed Renewable Energy [Slideshow]

The following presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Senior Researcher John Farrell examines the five major barriers to the expansion of community-based and conventional distributed renewable energy. The barriers range from...Show More Summary

Who should pay climate change costs?

The co-founder of the US-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues for an end to ad hoc financial response to natural disasters. Who should pay climate change costs? is a post from: OurWorld 2.0

Why Communities Should Decide What Telecom Networks They Have

Written by Christopher Mitchell, the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Todd O’Boyle, the Program Director for the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause. Not long ago, the United States led the world in broadband connectivity. Now we are in 16th place, trailing most developed nations. We [...]

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