How monopoly utilities are using their captive customers’ money to perpetuate the false claim that large-scale solar costs less than customer-owned solar

By John Farrell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

During the pandemic, we’ve all been ordering more things online, and we’ve come to rely on delivery services…

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ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell appeared Chris Hayes’ podcast, Why Is This Happening?. Hayes, the host of MSNBC’s nightly All In with Chris Hayes, uses his one-hour weekly podcast to dig deeper into news and political topics with expert guests.

On this episode, Stacy and Chris discuss why Amazon’s monopoly power is a policy failure and why it’ll take more than a consumer boycott to change things. They also talk about the corporation’s recent second headquarters saga, and even cover some other favorite ILSR topics, such as North Dakota’s law banning chain pharmacies.

Listen to the episode in full here.

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Join us for a webinar on November 1st at 2p.m. EST to hear from two cities with robust residential food waste collection programs; San Francisco, Calif. and Falls Church, Va. San Francisco has one of the longest-standing programs in the country, with mandatory recycling citywide. Alexa Kielty will discuss the creation of San Francisco’s organics recycling program for apartments, and working with non-English speaking communities. Falls Church, Va. has had a residential food waste drop-off program for a number of years, and started up its curbside collection program in 2017, partnering with two local composters to offer these services. Chris McGough will discuss details of Falls Church’s new program and its innovative methods for keeping costs low. Our presenters will share lessons learned and highlight innovative and original aspects of their programs.


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In September, Reedsburg Utility Commission (RUC) in Wisconsin announced that they’re simplifying life for subscribers. They’ve eliminated service tiers and now everyone who signs up for the service receives affordable, symmetrical gigabit Internet access from their recently rebranded LightSpeed service.

Rebranding, Redefining Fast and Affordable

Back in May, RUC decided that…

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