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Grassroots Group Promotes Local Alternatives to Wisconsin Utilities’ Big Ticket Spending

placeholderWisconsin’s coal-reliant utilities remain cool to wind and solar despite mounting enthusiasm for renewables. This intransigence places them squarely in the crosshairs of one grassroots group leveraging support from customers and policymakers in order to realign the state’s energy economy with the public good.

Messy Battles Over Energy Are on Ballot Across States

Bloomberg Markets – November 1, 2016

by Ari Natter & Mark Chediak

As if choosing the next president of the U.S. wasn’t confusing enough, states from Nevada to Florida have energy measures on the ballot this year that have left many voters befuddled.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of October 31, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Ballot initiatives in Florida and Nevada end up on different sides of the solar divide, Arizona’s public utilities commissioners are up for re-election (as is the future of the state’s renewable future), and our answer to Ken Bone’s energy question is republished.

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Why going local makes sense for the clean energy transition by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

A Massachusetts Co-op Makes A Powerful Vintage

placeholderFor more than five years, Vineyard Power Cooperative has provided electricity customers living in one of Massachusetts’ best-known island communities the chance to buy into an energy future that favors renewables and bolsters their local economy.

Video: Mighty Microgrids – BioCycle REFOR16 Presentation

placeholderOn October 18th, John Farrell delivered a keynote presentation to the annual gathering of the BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling (REFOR16) in Orlando, Florida.

RePower Madison Challenges Old Electric Monopoly Model

placeholderAn unconventional approach to grassroots organizing in Wisconsin’s capital city has in recent years tipped incumbent utility Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) toward policies that favor consumers and renewables, a distinct shift in a state held back for years by entrenched monopolies with outdated business plans.

A Deep Dive to Answer Ken Bone’s Energy Question

placeholderAt the second presidential candidate debate, one red-sweater-wearing American earned notoriety for his question about little-discussed energy policy. The question deserved a thorough response, given that it brushes on some myths of the clean energy transition but also the challenge of guaranteeing justice for displaced workers.

Midwesterner Ken Bone asked this question:

6 Podcasts for Inspirational Sharing Solutions On-The-Go

Shareable – October 24, 2016

by Maira Sutton

Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot, Two Weeks Out

This is an update of analysis done back in June, state-by-state information has been updated, however, conclusions have largely been left the same, see the original post here.

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