“Don’t get me wrong, given the choice between a large, corporate-owned coal-fired power plant or a large, corporate-owned wind farm, the obvious choice is the wind farm, regardless of who owns it. And…there is no question that large companies are going to have a role to play. But that’s no reason to exclude smaller…community projects that are far more effective in promoting distributed-generation strategies.”Read the entire excerpt from Chapter 8: The Community Solution. Claim your energy independence! Get a copy of this book in our bookstore.
The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook; Community Solutions to a Global Crisis, by Greg Pahl. In this excerpt, the problem of fossil-fueled energy is summarized, as are many renewably-sourced solutions. Pahl makes a point of distinguishing large, corporate renewable energy installations from community-scaled, community-supported models. Even in progressive, environmentally-attuned places like Vermont, towns can find good reasons to oppose sustainable energy projects  that are out of scale with their needs. Pahl says,