Community energy: Power from the people

Categories: How To
Published on: January 16, 2015

Mother Earth News / Greg Pahl / February/March 2015

black-rock-solarWhen you pay for the energy you use, where does your money go? Chances are it goes out of town, out of state, or even out of the country. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep your energy dollars close to home, help create new local jobs and business opportunities, and provide greater energy security and price stability? That’s where community energy comes in. A growing number of people are discovering the many benefits of keeping their energy dollars circulating in their local economies.

Community energy reflects the idea that most of the power consumed in a locality should come from — and be owned and controlled by — the locality itself. Community energy initiatives based on local renewable resources are now emerging across the country. While these projects take a variety of forms, one common element is local ownership. Community energy encourages new ways of imagining our relationship with resources: Think local empowerment.