155 episodes

This bi-weekly podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shares powerful stories of local renewable energy, from mayors discussing their city’s commitment to 100% renewable energy to tales of innovative community owned solar to questions about the the best rooftop solar policy. Join host John Farrell, the director of the Institute’s Energy Democracy Initiative, as he asks if the 100-year-old monopoly market structure for electricity delivery makes sense in an on-demand, distributed 21st century energy system. Tell us what you think.

Local Energy Rules Local Energy Rules

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

This bi-weekly podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shares powerful stories of local renewable energy, from mayors discussing their city’s commitment to 100% renewable energy to tales of innovative community owned solar to questions about the the best rooftop solar policy. Join host John Farrell, the director of the Institute’s Energy Democracy Initiative, as he asks if the 100-year-old monopoly market structure for electricity delivery makes sense in an on-demand, distributed 21st century energy system. Tell us what you think.

    Paying Solar Incentives Direct to Nonprofits

    Paying Solar Incentives Direct to Nonprofits

    Jeremy Kalin discusses the evolution of federal tax incentives for renewable energy and how the direct pay provision of the Inflation Reduction Act will deliver more financial benefits to cities, counties, and nonprofits. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/solar-incentives-direct-pay-ler213/ |



    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!

    • 50 min
    Seven Hundred Yards Pt. 3: Seven Generations to Come

    Seven Hundred Yards Pt. 3: Seven Generations to Come

    Out of the legislative fight over the nuclear plant next door, Prairie Island Indian Community is building its own net zero energy future, on part three of our special series, Seven Hundreds Yards. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/articles/700-yards-pt3-seven-generations-ler212/ |



    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!

    • 24 min
    Seven Hundred Yards Pt. 2: Pretend Democracy

    Seven Hundred Yards Pt. 2: Pretend Democracy

    In part two of our special series, Seven Hundred Yards, we find out why the nuclear waste “temporarily” stored on Prairie Island is still there 30 years later. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/articles/700-yards-pt2-pretend-democracy-ler211|



    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!

    • 28 min
    Seven Hundred Yards Pt. 1: A Small Island in the Mississippi

    Seven Hundred Yards Pt. 1: A Small Island in the Mississippi

    Prairie Island community members and experts explain how powerful players allowed a nuclear plant to be built less than 700 yards away from the Native Nation, in part one of our special series, Seven Hundred Yards. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/articles/700-yards-pt1-small-island-ler210/ |



    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!

    • 28 min
    Advocate Puts Full Court Pressure on Utilities — Episode 209 of Local Energy Rules

    Advocate Puts Full Court Pressure on Utilities — Episode 209 of Local Energy Rules

    Advocating for a distributed, democratized clean energy transition involves a never-ending series of legal and regulatory battles.

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell is joined by Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy. They discuss New Energy Economy’s efforts before lawmakers, regulators, and courts to protect consumers from the nefarious plans of New Mexico’s investor-owned utilities.

    Listen to the full episode and explore more resources below — including a transcript and summary of the conversation.

    https://ilsr.org/articles/advocate-full-court-pressure-utilities-ler209/

    • 49 min
    Standing Rock’s Wind Project Puts People First — Episode 208 of Local Energy Rules

    Standing Rock’s Wind Project Puts People First — Episode 208 of Local Energy Rules

    A community-owned clean energy project has a lot more to offer than just electricity.

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell is joined by Christina Hollenback, CEO of Justice Capital, and Joseph McNeil, CEO of SAGE Development Authority. They discuss how SAGE Development Authority has created a model for community-led wind development and why community ownership is so important to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

    Listen to the full episode and explore more resources below — including a transcript and summary of the conversation.

    https://ilsr.org/articles/standing-rocks-wind-project-puts-people-first-episode-208-of-local-energy-rules/

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Skjoa19 ,

Nobody else covers coops and monopolies like this

If you want to see the structures that determine what we can and can’t do with renewables, this is the best source I have found. Great interviews, great ideas.

RSLatimer ,

Deep Dive on Energy Info - Well Delivered

I listen to many energy related podcasts and found this one via another series. Good content, deep dive into some history on the episode I listended to. Moves along quickly. Held my interest for an hour. I'll listen again. R. S. Latimer

Noconnell ,

A guide towards possibilities

Ilsr and this podcast highlight those making positive changes in solar. It is truly an inspiration towards what is possible through local empowerment and empowerment.

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