25 May '12, 11am

Towards community ownership of energy | David Boyle

Towards community ownership of energy | David Boyle

We should be moving away from centralised energy generation to the kind of co-owned infrastructure used in Scandinavia. By futureatlas.com Tweet The debate about energy, rather like the recent debate about water shortages during the recent downpour, is still frustratingly dominated by old-fashioned centralised thinking. The water falls everywhere and lies about in great flood pools on the fields, while the centralised water infrastructure struggles with a drought. In the same way, the wind and sun play on every roof in the country, but we are still bogged down in the debate about capital-intensive plant. Don’t get me wrong. We will still need a grid, and need power stations. The point is that the idea of a massive decentralisation of energy generation, to every home, every roof, every street light, still seems to be beyond the imagination of the energy planners. In the sam...

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