28 Nov '14, 1pm

Why Aren’t Rural Electric Cooperatives Champions of Local Clean Power?

Why Aren’t Rural Electric Cooperatives Champions of Local Clean Power?

Cooperatives work for sustainable development of their community. Not enough . Most cooperatives rely heavily on imported power purchased on long-term contracts with the goal of cheap power, but that ironically leave them at the mercy of unfettered price increases. They also have missed an enormous economic development opportunity from renewable energy. For example:Renewable energy provides significant economic impacts ($1 million per megawatt of wind, $250,000 per megawatt for solar) with multipliers for local (i.e. cooperative) ownership (up to 3.5 times more local economic impact, and twice as many jobs). Wind and solar provide more jobs per megawatt of power capacity, as well. Finally, rural electric cooperatives have organized a 1 million comment campaign against EPA regulations of carbon pollution from power plants. Hardly a commitment to “sustainable development.”

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/11...

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