Bob Massie of America’s New Economics Institute sent news today that voters in Boulder, Colorado, have ended their relationship with Xcel Energy, a utility with $10.7 billion in revenues, clearing the way for the city to form its own municipal utility that would lower rates and make greater use of renewable energy.
The city’s . . . → Read More: Three vital advantages of municipal utilities
Innovative thinkers often have to wait ten to twenty years before their concepts become mainstream. Two years ago David Boyle (New Economics Foundation) listed ten linked propositions, many borrowed from the most successful cities in Europe and North and South America, which could effectively allow cities to take back control of their economic destiny. . . . → Read More: Reviving a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture
Julian Rose sends a link to a video about a new farmers’ market set up in Krakow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEd_FnoD6kU&feature=youtu.be. When questioned about the web’s reference to many farmers’ markets of long-standing in the city, Julian explained:
“Most of these markets are not authentic ‘local’ suppliers and are also often fronted by middle men. . . . → Read More: Farmers’ markets in India, Poland, England and America
Professor John A. Mathews’ areas of expertise include semiconductors, flat panel displays and new energy industries, solar photovoltaics and LEDs.
He wrote in the Financial Times:
“A quite different version of “energy security” involves reliance on the power generated by renewable devices – wind turbines, solar cells – that are manufactured in the . . . → Read More: Energy security, using devices manufactured in this country
Quantitative Easing currently benefits the non-bank financial sector, commercial banks and the Treasury
Under QE, Hansard evidence informs us, the Bank of England’s Asset Purchase Facility purchase of just under £375bn of government bonds from the non-bank financial sector has led to a lowering of long term interest rates. The non-bank financial sector . . . → Read More: Should QE now be used for the common good – extending and adapting the work of Birmingham Energy Savers?
Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands, sends news of a report advancing a much-needed debate about how to move the UK out of the counterproductive politics of austerity and into the age of the Green New Deal.
He sees this as a matter of the utmost urgency and thinks that if it . . . → Read More: If the solution is not a Green New Deal then what is it?
As ‘our grand economic experiment’ has demonstrably failed to serve people and planet, New Economics members in America have begun to readjust and re-experiment. Citizens organized in neighbourhoods, cities, and small towns, are working together to create new economic forms that support an emerging new economy.
PBS NewsHour has aired . . . → Read More: American localisers call for new economic forms to support an emerging new economy
Alister Scott, Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance at Birmingham City University, asks:
In the Birmingham Post, Scott examined the localism ‘tablet’ , looking critically at Eric Pickles’ rhetoric, commenting: “there is something politically attractive in giving people the right to determine their future and shape the kinds of places . . . → Read More: Is ‘disintegrated localism’ part of a hidden agenda?