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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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.

    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!

    Greenpenny Puts Community Banking to Work for Clean Energy

    Greenpenny Puts Community Banking to Work for Clean Energy

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Greenpenny’s Jason MacDuff. They discuss what’s needed for a prompt clean energy transition, the value of community banks, and the success of the innovative Greenpenny model. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/greenpenny-decorah-ler-123/ |



    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!

    • 34 min
    Expanding Access to Energy Efficient Appliances

    Expanding Access to Energy Efficient Appliances

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell talks with Marti Frank, principal at Efficiency for Everyone and the founder and director of the Shift Consortium. They discuss the Shift Model: an approach that uses utility rebates to shift home appliance sales to more efficient models. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/frank-shift-model-ler-122/ |



    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
    Minneapolis Health Department Splits the Bill with Green Investors

    Minneapolis Health Department Splits the Bill with Green Investors

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell talks with Patrick Hanlon, Director of Environmental Programs for the Minneapolis Health Department. They discuss Green Cost Share: a program that promotes public health by matching investments in solar and energy efficiency projects. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/minneapolis-green-cost-share-ler-121/ |



    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!

    • 43 min
    A Portland Fund, Collected from Corporations, Finances Community Benefits

    A Portland Fund, Collected from Corporations, Finances Community Benefits

    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 advancing racial and social justice. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/portland-clean-energy-fund-ler-120/ |



    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!

    • 35 min
    In Seattle, Corporations Must Pay Their Fair Share to Support Climate Justice

    In Seattle, Corporations Must Pay Their Fair Share to Support Climate Justice

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director of Got Green, and Abigail Juaner of Puget Sound Sage. They discussed the Jumpstart Seattle tax — which will help fund housing and Green New Deal initiatives — for a recent episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, republished here for Local Energy Rules. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/seattle-jumpstart-tax-ler-119/ |



    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!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 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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