ILSR Advises Hawaii to Avoid Solid Waste Combustion as a Waste Management Strategy

When widespread rollbacks in recycling programs throughout Hawaii led to renewed calls for waste-to-energy, Recycle Hawaii commissioned ILSR to analyze the status of technologies promoted as environmentally friendly. This memorandum highlights the findings of that analysis, which drew on the expertise of specialists familiar with pyrolysis and gasification technologies and also reviewed relevant trends as a means to create a context for Hawaii-based policy makers. ILSR found that both gasification and pyrolysis have failed to live up to the promise of a cost effective and nonpolluting technology.… Read More

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Washington State Removes All Barriers to Municipal Broadband

Yesterday, following weeks of anticipation, State Gov. Jay Islee signed the Public Broadband Act (H.B. 1336), removing all restrictions on public broadband in the state of Washington, according to the bill’s primary sponsor, State Rep. Drew Hansen. This critical leap forward in Washington drops the number of states with laws restricting community broadband to 17. … Read More

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New York’s Community Solar Program

NY-Sun’s Shared Renewables program, enacted by the Reforming the Energy Vision initiative in 2017, offers community solar to homes and businesses. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional New York community solar resources.… Read More

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Biden Administration Decides Cities Should Not Use Broadband Dollars for Broadband

The Biden Administration signed the American Rescue Plan Act, which included, among many other things, multiple sources of funds for broadband infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Treasury was tasked with writing the rules of how local governments can spend the various funds. The Interim Rule has been published and it appears to significantly limit local ability to invest in needed networks. … Read More

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