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.