Colorado’s Community Solar Program

BY LILLI AMBORT AND MARIA MCCOY | DATE: 17 FEB 2021 |  In 2010, Colorado passed the Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 1342), which enabled the statewide shared renewables pilot program. Colorado expanded the program through legislation (HB 1284) and a 2016 settlement deal with Xcel Energy, but it is still capped at 105 megawatts. The Community Solar Gardens Act encourages creation of community solar gardens by investor owned utilities (IOUs), with …

Small businesses are disappearing across most sectors even though they often outperform their bigger competitors on price and quality. Big businesses with more political power tilt the playing field & destroy community economic vitality but policies can help

States and cities have potent policy tools for checking corporate power and sparking a new wave of entrepreneurship and small business development. We define “independent” to mean that the owners have full control over the business; that it’s not a franchise or subsidiary of a larger corporation. “Locally owned” means that the owner(s) live in the region. In many sectors, …

Resources for decentralized organizing, Bill Moyer’s MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, Facilitating online meetings and more

Bill Moyer’s book, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements. Also on the Commons: The Four Roles of Social Activism and Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements (MAP Stage 6). Transformational Change Leadership: Stories of Building a Just Future 1. Online Meeting Guides to Get Through COVID-19 Getting Started with Online Training and Facilitation – Jeanne Rewa Facilitating online meetings – Daniel …

Share a wi-fi connection to lower costs

Ryan Scribner suggests this tactic for savings. “These days, there are long-range routers and even signal boosters that make this a feasible option. If you don’t need maximum speeds, you could slip an internet plan with your neighbor, assuming you live close by…why are we all paying for internet?” Sharing Wi-Fi might bridge the digital divide. Participating in the Open Wireless Movement can be …

It’s time to have community conversations about what folks need, to make the transition work out for them and their families

Though we may be dealing with the same kind of corporate Democrats as we were in 2008, we are not the same. We have changed. Our movements have grown in size but they’ve also grown in vision. In the vision of defund the police, moving the resources from the infrastructure of incarceration, of policing, of militarism to the infrastructure of care. Vision work has …

99% of Green New Deal Co-Sponsors Won Their Races This Cycle: Analysis. State legislators win too. Give rural voters broadband, climate action, and a platform for their concerns.

Politicians who supported popular redistributive policies, such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, were reelected at higher rates than ostensibly centrist Democrats, including in swing districts.  “The people who actually back progressive policies came through the election largely unscathed and, in many cases, fared better than their more conservative Democratic counterparts in swing districts,” Kahn wrote. Ocasio-Cortez made the evidence-backed …

Preparing for Tough Conversations

WSJ July 2020 Bracing yourself for a tough talk? There are so many to have right now. Tensions over racial issues, politics and the coronavirus pandemic are provoking arguments within families and between friends: Spouses are arguing about money; siblings are fighting about how to keep parents safe from the virus; some people are confronting relatives about race. Many conversations have the potential to …

How community bike shops are coping in a COVID-19 world

By Jarrod Patrone on StreetsBlog, Jul 14, 2020 In a world where normal travel patterns have been placed on hold, COVID-19 has created opportunity in the bicycle realm. Bike shops are overwhelmed with business, cities across the globe are repurposing major thoroughfares to allow for socially distanced transportation and recreation, and bike-share systems are experiencing large increases in ridership. Nonprofit community bike shops exist to …