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 • 21 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.

    How Big Utilities’ Climate Pledges Fall Short

    How Big Utilities’ Climate Pledges Fall Short

    For this episode of Local Energy Rules, republished from the Building Local Power podcast, host John Farrell and guest John Romankiewicz discuss The Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges: utilities are doing far too little to retire coal, replace it with renewable energy generation, and fulfill their promises. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/dirty-truth-utility-climate-pledges-ler-129 |



    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!

    • 38 min
    Voices of 100%: Youth Propel a Climate Action Plan in St. Louis Park

    Voices of 100%: Youth Propel a Climate Action Plan in St. Louis Park

    For this Voices of 100% episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guests Larry Kraft and Emily Ziring discuss the St. Louis Park, Minn. climate action plan and commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/st-louis-park-minnesota-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!

    • 30 min
    Community Solar Collective Gives Member-Owners Power

    Community Solar Collective Gives Member-Owners Power

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Timothy DenHerder-Thomas discuss the People’s Solar Energy Fund, an initiative to pool together community-owned solar developers and scale up community solar nationwide. |

    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/peoples-solar-energy-fund-ler-127 |



    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!

    • 31 min
    Connecting Customers to Create a Virtual Power Plant

    Connecting Customers to Create a Virtual Power Plant

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and CEO of OhmConnect Cisco DeVries discuss demand response and the 550 megawatt Resi-Station “virtual power plant.” |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/ohmconnect-resi-station-ler-126 |



    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!

    • 31 min
    Voices of 100%: Hanover Residents Raise Hands for Renewable Energy

    Voices of 100%: Hanover Residents Raise Hands for Renewable Energy

    For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Hanover, N.H. Sustainability Director April Salas. They discuss the importance of coalition building, how to take action in a small town, and slowing down to achieve goals the right way. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/hanover-new-hampshire-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!

    • 24 min
    Should Big Utilities Pay for Their Bad Choices?

    Should Big Utilities Pay for Their Bad Choices?

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, republished from ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, host John Farrell and guest Leslie Glustrom discuss Clean Energy Action’s white paper on utility accountability and how we can equitably transition to a clean energy future. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/utility-accountability-securitization-ler-124/ |



    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!

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 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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