If the wind blows and sun shines everywhere, then our new electricity system does not have to mimic the old – with centralized coal and gas power plants sending electricity long distance to consumers. Instead, electricity can be generated at many, dispersed renewable energy power plants and close to where it is used.
If renewable energy generation can be dispersed widely, then it should be locally owned whenever possible. With local ownership, the neighbors of energy generation are also the economic beneficiaries, creating a constituency for rapidly expanding renewable power and transforming energy consumers into energy producers.
This website expands on this foundation of Energy Self-Reliant States, published in late 2009.and is written by report co-author John Farrell, a senior researcher on the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.