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John Farrell, MPP Biography

Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“[O]ur vision is that communities enrich their local economies by being masters of the transition to 100% renewable energy… It’s a vision we’ve been helping implement for over 40 years…

Consider the situation. The forces arrayed against a clean energy economy are large, powerful, well-financed and ultimately have a vested economic interest in resisting change…

Rules that create an equitable, local energy economy will give more Americans a vested, economic self-interest in the 100% renewable energy transition and not just a moral or emotional one.”

“Why Democratic Energy Offers Faster Approach to Clean Energy,”, May 22, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Economies Law Center, May 2015-present
  • Board Member, Community Power Network (Washington, DC), Jan. 2014-present
  • Board President, Community Power (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN), Jan. 2014-present
  • Director, Democratic Energy, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 2006-present
  • Research Consultant, Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota, Aug. 2005-Oct. 2006
  • Analyst, Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 2005-July 2005
  • Communications Consultant, Think Again MN, 2004-present
  • Research Assistant, Humphrey Institute, May 2003-Dec. 2004
  • Treasurer, Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, 2002-2003
  • Research Assistant, The Urban Institute, June 2001-Dec. 2001
  • MPP, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • BA, American Politics and Participatory Democracy, Mathematics, St. Olaf College, 2001

Twitter handle: @johnffarrell

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