Citizen Powered Energy Handbook, An Excerpt

Categories: Renewable Energy
Posted on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 12:19 pm by admin

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,

“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.

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