29 Sep '14, 6pm

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. This economic self-interest motivates rapid expansion of renewable energy and builds political support for a low-carbon, more local and economically rewarding energy system. This report – Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters – serves as a resource, especially for communities seeking independence from their electric utilities and big out-of-state projects like high voltage transmission lines. Read Full Advantage Local Report Unfortunately, there are at least five substantial barriers to local ownership in the U.S. energy system: • Tradition: in its 100-yea...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/09...

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