100 episodes

ILSR's Democratic Energy program has been identifying key policies and strategies for boosting local economies by keeping energy dollars local for over 35 years. This podcast series features ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell as he interviews leaders in local renewable energy development, people who have struggled to create community energy projects and change policy to make them easier. Most shows are 15-20 minutes in length, released twice a month.

Local Energy Rules The Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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    • 4.9, 18 Ratings

ILSR's Democratic Energy program has been identifying key policies and strategies for boosting local economies by keeping energy dollars local for over 35 years. This podcast series features ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell as he interviews leaders in local renewable energy development, people who have struggled to create community energy projects and change policy to make them easier. Most shows are 15-20 minutes in length, released twice a month.

    Solar Plus Storage Company Seeks to Overthrow the Status Quo

    Solar Plus Storage Company Seeks to Overthrow the Status Quo

    In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Anne Hoskins of Sunrun. They discuss how the world’s leading solar-plus-storage vendor is faring in a pandemic and how utility regulation can drive transformative energy policy. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/sunrun-anne-hoskins-ler-episode-105 |



    Listen to all of our Local Energy Rules podcast episodes at our site: https://ilsr.org/local-energy-rules-podcast-homepage |



    Don't forget to subscribe, share with your friends, leave a recommendation on our podcast feeds, and join the conversation online using the #LocalEnergyRules hashtag!

    • 49 min
    Voices of 100%: Pandemic Pauses Clean Energy Planning in Georgia

    Voices of 100%: Pandemic Pauses Clean Energy Planning in Georgia

    For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Charles Utley. They discuss Utley’s introduction to the zero waste movement, how he convinced the city commission to commit to 100% renewable energy, and the effects of a global pandemic on city energy planning. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/augusta-georgia-voices-of-100-podcast |



    Listen to all of our Local Energy Rules podcast episodes at our site: https://ilsr.org/local-energy-rules-podcast-homepage |



    Don't forget to subscribe, share with your friends, leave a recommendation on our podcast feeds, and join the conversation online using the #LocalEnergyRules hashtag!

    • 32 min
    D.C. Neighbors Unite to Fight for Solar Rights for All

    D.C. Neighbors Unite to Fight for Solar Rights for All

    In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Yesenia Rivera, Director of Energy Equity and Inclusion for Solar United Neighbors (SUN). The two take a deep dive into the mission and success of Solar United Neighbors in expanding solar access for all in D.C. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/sun-dc-solar-for-all-ler-episode-103 |



    Listen to all of our Local Energy Rules podcast episodes at our site: https://ilsr.org/local-energy-rules-podcast-homepage |



    Don't forget to subscribe, share with your friends, leave a recommendation on our podcast feeds, and join the conversation online using the #LocalEnergyRules hashtag!

    • 25 min
    Voices of 100%: Michigan City Sets Steady Pace to a Clean Electricity Goal

    Voices of 100%: Michigan City Sets Steady Pace to a Clean Electricity Goal

    For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Amy Shamroe and Tim Werner of Traverse City. Working at the intersection between city government and a city-owned utility, the two talk about the city’s optimistic, yet pragmatic plan for clean electricity. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/traverse-city-michigan-voices-of-100-podcast |



    Listen to all of our Local Energy Rules podcast episodes at our site: https://ilsr.org/local-energy-rules-podcast-homepage |



    Don't forget to subscribe, share with your friends, leave a recommendation on our podcast feeds, and join the conversation online using the #LocalEnergyRules hashtag!

    • 32 min
    Local Energy Production Builds Resiliency in the Bay Area

    Local Energy Production Builds Resiliency in the Bay Area

    In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jessie Denver, manager of the Distributed Energy Resources Program at East Bay Community Energy. Farrell and Denver discuss how distributed energy resources can prepare communities for disaster — and increase resilience after it hits. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/east-bay-community-energy-2-ler-episode-101 |



    Listen to all of our Local Energy Rules podcast episodes at our site: https://ilsr.org/local-energy-rules-podcast-homepage |



    Don't forget to subscribe, share with your friends, leave a recommendation on our podcast feeds, and join the conversation online using the #LocalEnergyRules hashtag!

    • 29 min
    Celebrating 100: A Spotlight on 6 Leaders of 100% Renewable Cities

    Celebrating 100: A Spotlight on 6 Leaders of 100% Renewable Cities

    For our 100th episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, we compiled a highlight reel from the Voices of 100% series. This episode celebrates the cities that are working toward our vision: community-driven, equitable, 100% renewable energy economies. As the movement grows, there will only be more voices to share. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/episode-100-voices-of-100-podcast |



    Listen to all of our Local Energy Rules podcast episodes at our site: https://ilsr.org/local-energy-rules-podcast-homepage |



    Don't forget to subscribe, share with your friends, leave a recommendation on our podcast feeds, and join the conversation online using the #LocalEnergyRules hashtag!

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Sustenance13 ,

A must among energy podcasts

An important perspective on the energy transition: intersections with politics, equity, local government.

phshar ,

Indispensable Guide to Energy Democracy

I really appreciate hearing not only about renewable energy transitions but about citizen empowerment and local democracy in the same dialogue. John interviews interesting people, the discussions are always informative, and on the whole the podcast is one of my best resources for clean energy work and policy!

nancylaplaca ,

Excellent podcast on local energy

ILSR and John Farrell give us the straight scoop. If you want to understand the opportunities —and obstacles — re: clean energy, listen up!

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