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Tonight I went to a 'listening session' about renewable energy put on by our electricity wholesaler. Several small towns in our area are banded together in a non-profit co-op that has a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030. They are headed that way, but right now it's still 50% coal-fired generation.

About 80 people came to the meeting, and the average age in the room was 75, which is typical for this area of retirees. And they were all very much in support of the renewable energy plan. 15 people got in line to read their essays about why it's important to them and various statistics about the need for renewable energy. Since the people from the power company just spent an hour talking about their efforts to implement a renewable energy strategy, I thought it was a bit of preaching to the choir.

There was a survey, and the majority said they were willing to pay up at least $30 a month more on their electric bills. I decided these were people who were showing off for the other tree huggers in the room. I'm all for saving the environment and so on, but I don't have that much disposable income.

We had a nice snow storm the other day, and now it's mostly melted away. The sun comes out, and as the trees shed their snow, it can be like a second snow storm.

posted on Nov 1, 2018 8:15 PM ()


Renewable energy co-ops hare trying to increase their foothold in Ohio, too. Ohio has long been an entrenched coal-fired energy state, and it is a political tangle to get renewable energy advocates elected. Awaiting election results in hopes more progressive voices will gain seats in our statehouse.
comment by marta on Nov 5, 2018 7:11 AM ()
It sounds like the energy reps came out to tell you to expect higher bills and not to make a fuss about it. Jerks.
comment by drmaus on Nov 3, 2018 9:19 AM ()
our climate allows us to have solar panels on our roofs which work year round and connected to the grid. the power companies pay for power that we produce, at present the state government is subsidizing the cost of telsa batteries to be added making it more self suffiecent
comment by kevinshere on Nov 2, 2018 6:59 PM ()
Depending on the political climate here in the States, there can be tax writeoffs for installing solar, and situations where the electric company might pay the solar owner for using a negative amount of energy.
reply by traveltales on Nov 2, 2018 8:35 PM ()
No, I don't miss the snow, ice, sleet, freezing temps!
comment by greatmartin on Nov 1, 2018 8:53 PM ()
It never lasts long here in Colorado. We have 300 sunny days per year.
reply by traveltales on Nov 2, 2018 8:36 PM ()

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