Minneapolis Health Department splits the bill with green investors

Originally published on ILSR.org To invest in energy conservation and clean energy generation is to invest in a healthier community. For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell talks with Patrick Hanlon, Director of Environmental Programs for the Minneapolis Health Department. They discuss Green Cost Share: a program that promotes public health by […]

New report sheds light on America’s monopolized energy sector . . . and how we can fix it

Originally published at ILSR.org. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem is bigger than you might think.  While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America’s monopoly problem has spread into […]

Voices of 100%: Louisville’s clean energy pledge takes on multiple crises

Where do local climate and clean energy goals lie in the priority list, when the COVID-19 induced economic crisis and the crisis of racial inequality are so pressing? For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Brandon Coan and Gretchen Milliken. Coan, who helped draft Louisville’s […]

Berkeley puts equitable climate action on the ballot

When cities have done their part to power the community with clean electricity, the final push of the clean energy transition rests on individuals. Still, individuals can come together, pass innovative local policy, and hold themselves accountable to a clean and equitable ethos. In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks […]

Report: 47 states could meet 100% of electricity needs using in-state renewables

Energy Self-Reliant States 2020: The Third Edition A report by Maria McCoy and John Farrell, released September 2020 A nation of renewable-powered, job-generating, self-reliant states is within reach – and necessary. Click to read the full report If each U.S. state took full advantage of its renewable resources, how much electricity would it produce? How […]

Is energy still a “natural monopoly”?

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, we feature host John Farrell’s interview with Scott Hempling for ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast. Scott Hempling is an author, expert witness, lawyer, and law professor specializing in utility regulatory issues. Their discussion covers the changing ideas around natural monopolies, the consolidation of such monopolies in recent years, […]