How Much Renewable Energy is Possible?
According to David W. Cash, Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, New England has the ability to produce all of its own energy. Commissioner Cash claims that through increased off-shore wind power alone, this region could actually produce enough power for all of its own needs and even sell energy back to the national grid.
A huge part of the New Economy framework is not only the transition away from fossil fuels, but also a reduction in the demand for energy. Transitioning away from fossil fuels by increasing off-shore wind, while a step in the right direction, still comes at a cost. And what about ownership of renewable energy? As we increase sources of renewables, can we also create more community-owned energy?
Commissioner Cash will be speaking about this intriguing possibility during a webinar, hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, on April 10 at 2pm ET. Join us then to learn more and discuss the possibilities for renewables.
To help frame these larger questions, we want to draw attention to two great new pieces: David Korten’s essay, “A New Story for a New Economy,” and a compelling conversation between Gar Alperovitz and Michael Albert. See the sections below for more details.
New Economy Coordinator
New Economy Working Group, IPS
Economic Justice Organizer
Inequality and the Common Good, IPS