California Mayors Join Campaign to Buy Out PG&E

[Article commentary by James Quilligan, EDA managing director:] The gobsmacking idea of turning California’s Pacific Gas and Electric into a cooperative has got me thinking about Prout’s vision of how major corporations and large-scale utilities could be converted into cooperatives. Mainstream economists argue that certain companies can operate efficiently only by becoming very large. For… Read More

Solar panels cast shade on agriculture in a good way

Imagine you are a farmer struggling to keep up with production demands because of the increasingly stressful climate. Or perhaps you are a producer of renewable energy struggling with dramatic heat and weather. With increasing temperatures, solar panels get too hot to function properly, and crops demand more water, problems that are exacerbated by drought… Read More

How Electricity Cooperatives in the US are Paving the Way for a Renewable Future

We’re seeing a new wave of cooperatives gaining foothold around the country.  Food cooperatives have been around for quite some time and we’re seeing more of these emerge each year.  Energy cooperatives have also been with us for a while, but there is a growing movement in this area to push for energy cooperatives to… Read More

U.S. Mayors Back 100% Renewable Energy, Vow to Fill Climate Leadership Void

The U.S. Conference of Mayors also voted to support quick electrification of vehicles and urged Congress to back the Clean Power Plan and Paris climate agreement. Scenes like the image above are likely to become more prevalent in urban cities across the US as the US Conference of Mayors has made a commitment to move… Read More

5 Clean Energy Innovations That Could Transform Our World

We’re confident that our readers know that a sustainable future for the world will require some major innovations in how we manage our water resources, how we raise and distribute food, and how we will produce the energy required for future generations.  The days of reliance on fossil fuel for our energy source are quickly… Read More

Beating Nature at Its Own Game

This article written by Bill Gates offers us an amazing view into the future of energy.  We’re reading about the creativity of scientists and engineers that are tackling the potential of the use of the energy that is available to us from the sun.  Elon Musk’s team has done amazing work in two areas recently: … Read More

Beyond Sharing Report — Part 1: Benefits of Community-Owned Renewable Energy

This article from Clean Technica is from the original work published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) which studied how communities could take ownership of renewable power.  The focus on this report from ILSR is to explore the barriers in the US to the adoption of community-owned renewable energy and the ways in which… Read More

Five Global Challenges Designers and Architects Can Solve in 2017

We face enormous challenges in the future.  Our little planet seems to be struggling in its attempt to house our growing population and deal with the increased waste that this population generates each day.  The growth in population in turns puts a constant focus on how we’ll feed everyone, while our oceans are suffering from… Read More

Top 10 Movers And Shakers In Sustainability – 2016

As we launch Economic Democracy Advocates at the top of the New Year in 2017, we can look back to some of the leaders around the world that have inspired us.  Advocacy takes many forms as we see in this Huffington Post article.  The list they provided offers a wide profile of advocacy leaders around… Read More

Costa Rica barely used any fossil fuels in 2016

2016 heralded many advances around the world.  While the Presidential election took over much of the attention toward the end of the year, and the focus on Brexit in the middle of year both captured a lot of interest, there was exciting progress being made in other parts of the world that are not often… Read More