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Freeing Electric Cooperatives from Fossil Fuel Serfdom? – Episode 33 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Electric cooperatives arose from New Deal legislation that provided government-backed low-interest loans to bring electricity to rural areas that for-profit companies wouldn’t serve in the 1930s. They were engines of the rural economy. But today they face unique challenges, including a disproportionate reliance on coal-fired power, often purchased on decades-long contracts.

Watch: John Farrell Presentation – Does Utility 2.0 Get Us to Energy Democracy?

ILSR’s John Farrell led a seminar on energy democracy at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2016 annual conference in Boston, MA. The conference was held from March 8th through the 10th and focused on advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices by bringing together over 3,500 renewable energy professionals.

Report: Re-Member-ing the Electric Cooperative

by John Farrell, Matt Grimley & Nick Stumo-Langer

Electric cooperatives have been the backbone of the nation’s rural electrical system for more than 80 years. Their mission and business model now face more challenges than ever, from financial to contractual to basic member control. But the opportunity is equally great, with a chance for member-driven investment to power hundreds of local economies across the rural United States.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of March 29, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy News:

A survey of energy cooperatives in America.

Minnesota clean energy partnership receives national recognition.

Solar energy debate heads to Maine.

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Breaking the macro-barriers to microgrids by Matt Grimley, CleanTechnica

Watch: Mighty Microgrids Webinar Recording

On Tuesday, March 15th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted a webinar titled “Breaking the Macro-Barriers to Microgrids.” The webinar was led by John Farrell, the Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative and Matt Grimley, the author of ILSR’s report, Mighty Microgrids.

Pursuing Grid Modernization in a Monopoly Model

How can a state modernize its electric system when it’s in the hands of vertically integrated monopolies? We offer some thoughts via its comments on a Grid Modernization docket being reviewed by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Listen: John Farrell Gives Plenary Presentation at NESEA

ILSR’s John Farrell was a plenary speaker at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2016 annual conference in Boston, MA. The conference was held from March 8th through the 10th and focused on advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices by bringing over 3,500 renewable energy professionals together.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – March 14, 2016

This week in Energy Democracy:

The ballot fight in Florida is heating up between utility and solar-backed initiatives.

Western Wisconsin hosts a community solar garden summit, featuring John Farrell.

5 things you should know about community solar programs.

Featured Stories:

5 things you should know about community solar programs by Natacha Kiler, UtilityDive

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