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.