Most energy utilities are stuck in the 20th century, but there is potential for progress. A new interactive toolkit from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) offers guidance on how individuals can pressure their utilities to do the right thing and accelerate clean energy deployment at the community level.
The Power Up My Utility toolkit is broken down into sections according to utility model: municipally-owned, investor-owned, rural electric cooperative, and community choice energy. Each section features maps, audio and video clips, and links to in-depth research that lift up examples of successful community efforts to take control of their clean energy future. These resources provide everything you need to start pushing for impactful clean energy policies in your community.
About the Institute for Local Self-Reliance:
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a vision of thriving, equitable communities. We are a national research and advocacy organization that partners with allies across the country to build an American economy driven by local priorities and accountable to people and the planet. ILSR.org
About John Farrell:
John Farrell is the Director of the Energy Democracy initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Farrell is a nationally recognized renewable energy expert and is the author of analyses that detail how to ensure that renewable technologies are available to every member of society. He has advised communities across the country on how best to establish their community-owned renewable resources and shares his expertise on radio and in print.