31 Aug '11, 1pm

Electricity Home Rule Could Save D.C. Billions, Create Over 14,000 Jobs

For many years the citizens of Washington, DC, struggled for the basic right to elect their own leaders. In 2011, they should use their political home rule to maximize the economic benefits of local renewable energy with “electricity home rule.” Currently, residents and businesses in Washington spend over $1.5 billion dollars a year on electricity. According to a study of DC’s energy dollars by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 90% of that amount (largely unchanged since the 1979 study) – $1.4 billion – leaves the city. With rooftop solar power, DC residents could keep more of those electricity dollars at home. In its recently published atlas of state renewable energy potential, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) found that the District of Columbia could generate 19% of its electricity from rooftop solar PV systems . That’s $267 million spent on electricity ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/31/electricity-home-rule...

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