Local Energy


Peak Moment: Resourceful Guy Builds Solar House, Solar Power, Solar Car

01 Jun 2009 | |
View all related to electric vehicle | Local Energy | passive solar power | Peak Moment Television
John Weber's Boise, Idaho house with south-facing windows rarely needs heat and never air conditioning. Meet a man who has built a passive-solar house with solar electric power and solar hot water; plus a solar-powered electric car — and who rides a bike! With photovoltaics tied to the grid, he sells surplus electricity back to the power company. John shows how he converted his "Sun Car" from a junked Festiva to all-electric, with added solar panels on top to extend its range. Ride with us — and hear how quiet it is!

Peak Moment: Energy Co-op Brings Power to the People

14 Apr 2009 | |
View all related to cooperative | Local Energy | Peak Moment Television
What if a community owned its electric utility cooperatively, rather than paying a for-profit company? Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative could be a model. Energy Services manager Jessica Nelson describes how this locally owned, democratically governed non-profit serves the good of the community. Episode 142.

Peak Moment: An Engineer Examines a Town's Energy Future

04 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | Local Energy | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | Relocalization
How much energy does a town consume? Brian Corzilius sleuthed that out for Willits, California, and got a big surprise: in this community of 13,000 people, nearly 25% of after-tax revenue leaves town to pay for energy--gas, diesel, electricity and natural gas. Episode 125.

Ron Cooke: Financing Energy Independence

24 Jun 2008
View all related to economics | finance | Local Energy
The Cultural Economist Ron Cooke considers a proposal for financing small-scale alternative energy installations.

The Qingdao Ecoblock project: mass-produced sustainable living?

01 Jan 2008
View all related to China | green building | Local Energy | Local Water | post carbon cities | urban design
Chinese cities are experiencing explosive growth - much in the form of "superblocks" -- roughly 1km2 residential developments that can have anything from 2,000 to 10,000 units of housing in them --which are being built at a rate of 10-15 per day. This film is a case study of a proposed "ecoblock", which would be self-sufficient in water and energy.

Kinsale two years on

08 Oct 2007 |
View all related to Kinsale | Local Culture | Local Energy | Local Food | Oil | Peak Oil | Permaculture | Relocalization | transition
View all related to Rob Hopkins

Klaus Harvey of Transition Town Kinsale (TTK) shares with Global Public Media's Andi Hazelwood the benefit of two years of experience in striving for sustainability in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland since the town's local council adopted the world's first Energy Descent Action Plan. Harvey talks about the food, transport and waste initiatives underway, and TTK's relocalization plans for the future.


Peak Moment: Boulder County Going Local!

09 Aug 2007 | |
View all related to business | Local Energy | Local Food | Local Money | Local Water | Peak Moment Television | Relocalization | sustainable

Michael Brownlee didn't stop after creating the Boulder Valley Relocalization group. He's catalyzing Boulder County's Going Local! campaign, encouraging residents to buy local first, eat and grow local food, create local energy and local currency. The community will celebrate at a "Renaissance of Local" festival, conference and expo with a feast prepared by the local Slow Food group. Episode 66.


Reality Report: Local Biofuels Production

18 Jun 2007 |
View all related to biofuel | Local Energy | Reality Report | Renewables
View all related to Jason Bradford

Kumar Plocher of Yokayo Biofuels and Chris Hansen of the Post Carbon Institute's Local Energy Farms discuss production of local biofuels—what are the options for crops, land, processing and distribution?


Peak Moment: BriarPatch Co-op - Building for the New Century

17 May 2007 | |
View all related to cooperatives | green building | Local Culture | Local Energy | Local Food | Peak Moment Television | Relocalization

Manager Paul Harton welcomes us to the newly-built BriarPatch Coop natural foods market. It's LEED™ certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and incorporates innovative design throughout. Architect Jeff Gold shows state-of-the-art water and space heating, lighting and skylights, and a polished concrete floor with a "river" running through it. Episode 59.


Peak Moment: Energy Savings for the Home

22 Apr 2007 | |
View all related to conservation | Local Energy | Peak Moment Television | Renewables

Todd Cory lives in a zero energy home. He started by conserving a whopping 70% of his energy use. Then he installed solar hot water and electricity connected to the grid. This renewable energy installer brims with enthusiastic ideas about having fun consuming less energy, starting with "the low hanging fruit"-- what's easy and cheapest to do. Episode 57.