John Farrell, Senior Researcher, Institute for Local Self Reliance
The mission of the Institute of Local Self Reliance (ILSR) is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.
Mr. John Farrell, senior researcher, focuses on aspects of community control of energy through the “New Rules Project” at ILSR which was started back in 1998. The New Rules Project brings fresh new policy solutions to communities and states to ensure that they are “designing rules as if community matters.” Mr. Farrell’s work has included studies on community solar power, energy self-reliance, the costs of nuclear power, and feed-in-tariffs. He is currently focusing on the job creation possibilities being driven by the feed-in-tariff policies in Ontario, Canada.
John Farrell is a senior researcher on the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where he examines the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His latest paper – “Maximizing Jobs From Clean Energy: Ontario’s ‘Buy Local’ Policy” – looks at the 43,000 jobs and 5,000 MW of clean energy scheduled under Ontario’s recent feed-in tariff program. He’s also the author of the second and expanded edition of Energy Self Reliant States, illustrating the potential for every state to meet their renewable energy goals with in-state renewable energy sources.
Boulder City Attorney, Tom Carr, has supervised the many steps in the process of clarifying and determining Boulder’s Clean Energy Future. On Thursday, August 18th, at 6:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder (1820 15th St. Boulder, CO 80302), he will share his personal perspectives on the historical nature of the upcoming municipalization ballot measure, as well as the important contents of the ballot language.
Tom Carr is the City Attorney and primary legal advisor to the City Council and City Manager. He manages the City Attorney’s Office staff and outside counsel arrangements and is responsible for prosecuting violations of city ordinances.
Tom provides the city with a broad range of legal services including litigation, contract and ordinance drafting, transactional work and administrative hearings. Presently his focus is on environmental, social, and regional growth issues.
From 2002 through 2009, Tom was the city attorney in Seattle, Washington, where he gained extensive experience dealing with issues similar to those faced byBoulder. Serving as the general counsel and chief prosecutor for the 12th largest city in the United States, Tom managed a 90 attorney law office and provided legal advice and guidance to elected officials and city departments. He brought a collaborative problem-solving approach to the task of addressing public safety and community issues by building partnerships with courts, other prosecutors, social service providers and community leaders.
Prior to serving as Seattle City Attorney, Tom was a partner is a Seattle law firm specializing in commercial litigation. From 1986 through 1990, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, specializing in organized crime civil RICO cases.
Tom earned a sociology degree from St. John’s University and his law degree fromNew York Law School, where he served as Research and Articles editor on the Law Review, on the Moot Court Board and as part of the National Moot Court team.
Randy Knight was the lead staff member in the efforts by the City of Winter Park, Florida to municipalize beginning in 2000. Despite opposition from the local utility (Progress Energy Florida), the municipalization effort passed with 69% of the vote in September 2003. After issuing Requests for Proposala (RFP’s) for power supply and management of the distribution system, the City of Winter Park began supplying community-owned power on June 1, 2005. Since becoming a municipal utility, significant strides have been made in reliability improvements including placing over 7 miles of mainline feeders underground and completing 5 neighborhood undergrounding projects.
Paul Fenn, Utility Reform Expert of San Francisco-based Local Power, Inc.
Paul Fenn of Local Power Inc. (LPI) is a San Francisco-based expert advocate of major new local government-based energy laws and regulations at the state level in several major U.S. energy markets, including California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Ohio. In business since 1995, Local Power has put together, and is in charge of, some of the world’s largest green power relocalization development projects, including the City and County of San Francisco. Analyzing detailed utility demand data and other government infrastructure and land use data, LPI has accumulated the modeling and analysis capacity to crack the code on green power, enabling a dramatic, accelerated, scaled county-wide switchover to a whole new kind of power.
In 2010, LPI formed the official Political Action Committee in California to oppose and ultimately defeat Proposition 16, drafted and promoted at $46 million by Northern California Energy Corporation Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE Corp) primarily to stop LPI’s Community Choice movement from spreading beyond Marin Countyand San Francisco. Today, over a million Americans receive power under the CCA laws that LPI has written and helped bring to fruition.
A standard concern related to community municipalization is that the city won’t be able to effectively run the system. Never mind that hundreds of municipal utilities around the country ranging in size from Lyons, Colorado to Los Angeles, California keep the lights on day after day. One of the ways (but not the only way) that municipal utilities operate is to hire outside firms with expertise to run the distribution system. Dennis Eastman is the CEO of ENCO–a company that runs distribution systems for several electric entities. Before that he ran the distribution system for Southern California Edison which served over 11 million people. While there would be a number of options for how a Boulder municipal utility might run its distribution system, Mr. Eastman will describe how this is done presently in power-providing entities both large and small–both private and public.
Dennis has been the President/CEO of ENCO since it was formed ten years ago as a result of its acquisition of Edison Utility Services (EUS) an Edison International affiliate. At that time, Dennis was the President/COO of EUS. Dennis was instrumental in the formation of EUS because of its strategic importance. ENCO currently operates electric distribution systems for cities and other quasi-municipal entities in California, Arizona and Florida. Prior to joining EUS, Dennis was the Vice President of Electric Distribution for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this position, Dennis led the organization of over 2,000 personnel that provided the engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of the $5 billion of electric distribution assets used to serve over 11 million people spread across 50,000 square miles. Dennis held numerous engineering and management positions over his 32 year career at SCE. Dennis has provided testimony as an expert witness on electric distribution matters before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.