Podcast: The Power and Perils of Cooperatives

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR's Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, research associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively. The three discuss the cooperative model of ownership and how this model can enable investment in gigabit internet connections for their member-owners, but also how they are subject to a low participation rates in their elections.

The trio details the challenges of cooperative ownership and the myriad of benefits for active and engaged cooperative boards and administration structures. "There are co-ops out there that are finding ways to…have their members understand how solar can work for them," says Weinmann on the benefits of cooperatives for renewable energy. "[They're] finding ways to implement solar in a way that is financially feasible and financially beneficial."

For full transcript of this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, click here.

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About ILSR: We work to create sustainable, home-grown economies across the U.S. New episodes of the Building Local Power podcast are published bi-weekly on Thursdays. Sign up for new podcast notifications and monthly email updates from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Audio Credit: Funk Interlude by Dysfunction_AL Ft: Fourstones – Scomber (Bonus Track). Copyright, 2016.

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