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In Germany, Community Owned Wind Turbines Contribute More to Local Economy

Locally owned renewable energy can bring big economic benefits to local communities.  Half of Germany's, 43,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy are owned by regular farmers or citizens. John Farrell, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute for Local Self Reliance,  reports that community ownership payments contribute 150 to 340 percent to local revenue in comparison to land lease payments by absentee corporate turbine owners.  The additional funds spread to the entire community rather than just the turbine hosts.
Local Ownership Boosts Economic Impact of Renewables

Absentee Ownership

    Locally Owned (Low)   
1.5x

LoLocally Owned (High)    3.4x


Total Economic Impact

John Farrell points out that it is important to get local communities involved in both the planning and the ownership of renewable energy projects.  See Ownership (and Money) a Cure for "Not In My Back Yard:"

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

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MN's Leading Election System

MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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