They also want to sell a portion of the energy produced by themselves in order to generate income. Energy, democracy, community – John Duda – Medium. How can we build a transition to renewable energy that doesn’t leave the already marginalized behind?
A story from Baltimore In 2009, the residents of Curtis Bay—a multiracial, working class neighborhood on Baltimore’s industrial southern edge, learned that history was about to repeat itself. Many of the residents could remember how fifteen years ago nearly all the residents of the nearby neighborhoods of Fairfield and Wagner’s Point were evacuated from their homes—built on land that had been more or less sacrificed to petrochemical-driven development and thus rendered unfit for human life.
Energy crowdfunding: the new way to boost renewables. It's a brand new sector: the first steps date back to 2012.
Today energy crowdfunding is a way of financing solar panel or wind turbine projects. For some people, like Andrew Yakub, founder of a US solar manufacturing company, it will save the planet. There is already a big annual conference dedicated to the sector, and a European association that brings together the platforms involved in renewable energy. In March 2016, when one of the few researches in this field was published, there were 29 active platforms worldwide and 13 in the pipeline. The author is Chiara Candelise, an Italian researcher at Bocconi University and London Imperial College. The Cost Of Half A Billion Solar Panels Keeps Going Down, Down, Down. Posted Categories: Education It’s been one of the big themes at the World Energy Future Conference in Abu Dhabi.
Solar, and other technologies such as wind power, are no longer more expensive than traditional fossil fuels in many parts of the world. Indeed, they are cheaper. 50% of EU Residents Could Be Generating Their Own Renewable Energy by 2050. By Nadia Prupis A people-powered energy revolution—an era in which people can produce their own electricity—is possible, and could happen soon, according to a new report released Monday by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE). birgstockphoto.com.
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid by Thomas M. Hanna. In the United States, there is one state, and only one state, where every single resident and business receives electricity from a community-owned institution rather than a for-profit corporation.
It is not a famously liberal state like Vermont or Massachusetts. Rather, it is conservative Nebraska, with its two Republican Senators and two (out of three) Republican members of Congress, that has embraced the complete socialization of energy distribution. In Nebraska, 121 publicly owned utilities, ten cooperatives, and 30 public power districts provide electricity to a population of around 1.8 million people. Public and cooperative ownership keeps costs low for the state’s consumers. The Battery Powered Home: A Global Transformation Is Under Way! (video) Posted Categories: Energy In spite of the fact that millions of people around the world are looking to Solar Power as a solution to their utility expenses, different communities, cities, and counties have different rules about how to apply the power you produce to the local grid system, and at what cost they buy it back from you.
As seen in the following video, all too often, when you overproduce power, you are paid 1/4 of the price you pay when you use their power, and net-metering is not fairly applied to production. For that reason, better home battery systems have been the holy grail for solar power producers. They are the way to avoid utility companies all together, and to get their fingers out of your pocketbook. Small-Town Solar Revolution Has Created Jobs Galore & Driven Down Price of Power in Germany. Clean Power Published on March 19th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan Solar energy policies in Germany have resulted in a jobs boom and have driven down the price of power on the EPEX Power Exchange.
More people work in Germany’s solar energy sector than in its coal and nuclear sectors combined. (Don’t tell this year’s GOP candidates — they somehow think clean energy and green jobs is all just talk.) Homegrown Green Energy Is Making Power Utilities Irrelevant. There are 3,200 utilities that make up the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world.
These power companies sell $400 billion worth of electricity a year, mostly derived from burning fossil fuels in centralized stations and distributed over 2.7 million miles of power lines. Regulators set rates; utilities get guaranteed returns; investors get sure-thing dividends. It’s a model that hasn’t changed much since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And it’s doomed to obsolescence. Energy Democracy: Building a Solar Dream in a Tar Sands Nightmare. In a community of five hundred people in northern Alberta, a 20.8 kW solar installation has been set up to power the First Nation's health centre, and put additional energy back in to the grid.
The Indigenous community of the Lubicon Cree used to be self-sufficient and was able to live off the land. Now the community deals with contaminated water, polluted air and a compromised landscape. In 2011, the community dealt with one of the largest oil spills in Alberta's history. After dealing with three decades of intensive oil, gas, logging, fracking and tar sands exploitation in our homeland, my community of Little Buffalo has chosen to forge a new future and become powered by the sun. Leben mit der Energiewende 3 - Selber machen - Der Kinofilm. People love renewable energy, so why don't politicians get it? Robin Hood: one of Britain’s best-loved folk heroes.
New EWG study: International Energy Agency holds back global energy transition. Press Release New EWG study: International Energy Agency holds back global energy transition. Renewable energy sacrificed on the altar of corporate profit. Is the real problem with solar and onshore wind power not that it's costing us too much, but the very reverse - that it's costing far too little - and sharply cutting away at power company profits?
The Government's 'war on renewables' makes no sense. Who are the Renewable Energy Foundation?