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 John Farrell

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    • 4.9 • 32 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.

    When a Win is a Win, and a Loss is a Lesson

    When a Win is a Win, and a Loss is a Lesson

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, Building Local Power co-hosts Luke Gannon and Reggie Rucker ask John Farrell about an upcoming podcast series, “The Promise and Peril of Public Power.” This episode was originally published on the Building Local Power podcast feed. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/promise-peril-public-power-preview-ler162/ |



    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!

    • 42 min
    The Member Campaigns Behind a Colorado Co-op’s Evolution

    The Member Campaigns Behind a Colorado Co-op’s Evolution

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Kevin Williams discuss how cooperative member-owners mobilized and campaigned for transparency, flexibility, and affordability from Delta Montrose Electric Cooperative. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/coop-organizing-delta-montrose-ler161/ |



    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
    Small Solar Frees Energy From Decades of Utility-Stifled Innovation

    Small Solar Frees Energy From Decades of Utility-Stifled Innovation

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Bill Nussey discuss how regulated utility monopolies are stifling energy innovation and why “small is the future” of the energy sector. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/freeing-energy-solar-batteries-ler160/ |



    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!

    • 52 min
    How Colorado Electric Customers Are Leading a Co-op's Clean Energy Journey

    How Colorado Electric Customers Are Leading a Co-op's Clean Energy Journey

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Bryan Hannegan discuss how cultural change, led by the customers, pushed Holy Cross Energy to offer innovative programs in its transition to 100 percent renewable energy. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/holy-cross-energy-cooperative-co-ler159/ |



    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
    Petitioners Ask Feds to Investigate Utility Abuses of Monopoly Power

    Petitioners Ask Feds to Investigate Utility Abuses of Monopoly Power

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guests Howard Crystal and Liz Veazey discuss a recent petition to the Federal Trade Commission and why electric utility practices require federal investigation. |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/ftc-petition-utility-abuses-ler158/ |



    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
    From the Archive: Ballot Initiative Shapes Iowa Town’s Fight for Local Power

    From the Archive: Ballot Initiative Shapes Iowa Town’s Fight for Local Power

    For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, a rebroadcast from the archive, guests Andrew Johnson and Joel Zook join host John Farrell to discuss how a municipal electric utility could better serve Decorah residents and the city’s 2018 referendum to municipalize (which failed by just three votes). |



    Show page available: https://ilsr.org/archive-decorah-power-ballot-ler157/ |



    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!

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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.

Sustenance13 ,

A must among energy podcasts

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

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