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The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

The 2022 Community Power Scorecard

Maria McCoy

February 24, 2022

Communities can do a lot to advance energy democracy, but some of their options depend on state policy. This annual scorecard from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative grades states on whether their policies help or hinder local clean energy action.  READ MORE


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Tiny Laboratories of (Energy) Democracy — Episode 171 of Local Energy Rules

Tiny Laboratories of (Energy) Democracy — Episode 171 of Local Energy Rules

John Farrell

November 23, 2022

Host John Farrell is joined by Jesse Gray and David Mendels. They discuss the six provisions in the Municipal Climate Empowerment Plan, state legislation that would enable Massachusetts communities to tackle their clean energy challenges with local solutions and greater  READ MORE


Public Power Pt. 6: Alternatives — Episode 170 of Local Energy Rules

Public Power Pt. 6: Alternatives — Episode 170 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

November 9, 2022

John Farrell explains five alternatives to a public power takeover that can still advance a community’s clean energy and environmental justice aims. This is part six of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.  READ MORE


Public Power Pt. 5: The Perils — Episode 169 of Local Energy Rules

Public Power Pt. 5: The Perils — Episode 169 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

October 26, 2022

Customers of four publicly-owned utilities explain some limitations of the public power model and how they are organizing to increase accountability. This is part five of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.  READ MORE


How Cities Can Make the Most of IRA Dollars — Episode 168 of Local Energy Rules

How Cities Can Make the Most of IRA Dollars — Episode 168 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

October 12, 2022

Lawyer Amy Turner joins John Farrell to explain how cities can use Inflation Reduction Act dollars to advance local goals — and should help their residents do the same.  READ MORE


A Successful Transition to Clean Building Energy Requires Collective Action

A Successful Transition to Clean Building Energy Requires Collective Action

John Farrell

October 7, 2022

In these comments to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, ILSR argues that there is no future for gas in Minnesota and emphasizes the need for a collective solution to the collective problem of natural gas use.  READ MORE