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New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

Virgil McDill

January 7, 2021

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem extends into the energy and electricity sector. 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 many other sectors of the economy — including the electricity sector. The report is the latest in a series from ILSR focused on fighting monopoly power throughout several sectors of our economy, including Banking, Broadband, Food and Farming, Pharmacy, Waste and Recycling, and Small Business.  READ MORE


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For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Patrick Hanlon discuss Green Cost Share: a program that promotes public health by matching investments in solar and energy efficiency projects.  READ MORE


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New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

Virgil McDill

January 7, 2021

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem extends into the energy and electricity sector. While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech gia  READ MORE


Model Ordinances to Support Ground-Mounted Distributed Solar

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Lilli Ambort

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This post explores how a community can put together a model solar ordinance. One example is Stearns County, Minn., whose solar ordinance protects pollinator habitat and ensures benefits to the wider community.  READ MORE


A Portland Fund, Collected from Corporations, Finances Community Benefits — Episode 120 of Local Energy Rules

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For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jaimes Valdez about the Portland Clean Energy Fund: a climate action fund for racial and social justice.  READ MORE