Criticism of the energy industry leviathan Exxon Mobile and Koch Industries has become mainstream, media such as The New Yorker and Bloomberg market have recorded keeping the United States dependent on fossil fuels even as the rest of the world experiences a renewable revolution.
Exxon, Koch and their industry allies have annexed the Republican Party while sowing large carbon think tanks and climate change --change-
Rejection of scientists, lobby shops and astronomy-turf right-
The constraints of the energy industry have hindered the adoption of national policies that have contributed to the growth of solar, wind, biomass and geothermal systems in many parts of the industrialized world.
Despite renewable energy efforts in states like Iowa and California, the U. S.
On the map in the field of wind and solar energy, our backward position in renewable energy innovation, and our long-term dependence on excessive dependence
The consumption of fossil fuels has led to a disordering of the US economy. -
In an era of scarcity of resources and financial instability, the country is rapidly losing its advantage in almost every aspect.
In Germany, control of corporate energy has eased due to national policies such as feed, and renewable energy now accounts for 20% of the country's energy output.
In tariffs, the price of electricity generated by wind, solar and geothermal systems is guaranteed to be stable.
Now, more than half of Germany's energy is produced in scattered places such as homes, farms and community cooperatives. ops.
This trend of distributed generation directly conflicts with the energy model of centralized control enterprises.
The German model shows that national policy can have a transformative impact, both by increasing the overall output of renewable energy and by handing ownership over to farmers, small businesses and homeowners.
Renewable energy is rising at the grass-roots level, and while oil and gas lobbying groups dominate at the federal level, communities across the United States have achieved control over energy production by advancing an impressive array of business activities
Large-scale renewable energy projects that provide heating and power to local businesses from Massachusetts to Oregon.
Community Municipal Utilitiesbased co-
Ops, universities and other non-profit institutions in rural and urban environments are carrying out wind, solar, geothermal and biomass development.
These renewable energy production projects are combined with innovative grassroots efforts to transform existing buildings for conservation purposes, transforming communities
Leading the forefront of American innovation.
In the process, they are creating a blueprint that can be used to scale --
If we develop a sound federal energy policy that promotes growth in the renewable energy sector and democratizing production in the German model, then it is nationwide. In Hull, Mass.
Residents began a massive campaign.
The scale of wind turbines in 1996.
The first turbine was completed by the end of 2001 and has produced 12 million kilowatts so far.
The second larger turbine, called the Hull II, was built on the top of the town's former landfill site in 2006, generating enough power in the first year to power all the street lights in the Hull, at the same time, the town was provided with an additional sales of $150,000 in excess electricity.
Hull's two turbines now generate enough power to power 1,100 households, as well as streets and traffic lights in town.
Wind power projects controlled by Iowa have risen, with seven cities and about a dozen school districts controlling their energy fortunes. The 1.
The 65 MW wind farm at Lake Iowa Community College is the largest in these communities-
The project developed was built together with the ILCC launch of the first approved wind turbine training program in the country.
Lake Iowa Electricity Co-op, which operates independently of the college, supplies electricity to more than 12,000 members
Owners in eight rural counties in Iowa have developed two wind farms, generating more than 21 megawatts of electricity, and the project has been rated by the Department of Energy as the annual wind cooperative.
In the community-
Controlled solar energy, San Francisco city, driven by a civic movement called "voting solar energy", with the opening of the development of the Sunset Reservoir, new standards have been set for municipal power generation, including more than 24,000 panels, 5 megawatts will be generated every day, and solar production in the city has doubled, consolidated the capacity of municipal utilities to meet the City's 100% electricity demand without burning any greenhouse gas.
San Francisco is also leading the way in encouraging residents to produce their own solar energy, offering home customers a rebate of up to $10,000.
In 2009, the first year of the project, solar installations increased by 450%, with more than 800 homeowners participating.
Solar innovation also took place in the less international environment of Drake Landing, Alberta, a small town that became the first community on the continent to build regional heating systems using solar energy.
Drake Landing System
The water, heated through the insulated pipes, enters all 52 families in the town. District co-
At the same time, power plants that provide heat and electricity to nearby communities and large institutions are increasingly turning to renewable energy for power generation.
The energy Street in the Minnesota area is the largest such system.
Paul, who uses biomass as the main fuel.
Last year, the nonprofit consolidated 144 roofs.
Install the solar panels into the power generation system.
People on district energy Street said it.
Paul has heating more than 185 office buildings and 300 residential units in the center of the city. Paul.
The University of New Hampshire has also adopted similar cooperation.
Use methane power generation technology from neighboring landfill sites to meet 100% of power and heating needs without burning any carbonbased fuels.
At the community level, grass-roots leaders are adapting renewable technologies to meet the needs of the community.
Community power network has become an energy cooperation Association
Action personnel and advocacy groups dedicated to democratizing electricity production.
Affiliated groups include DC Solar United, the neighboring regional alliance-based solar co-
Agents in Washington
Employment projects, bringing renewable energy and green employment training to the heart of the Appalachian coal country;
And power GRID Alternatives, which led to low solar installation projects
The entire California income community.
With renewable energy being used each year to meet the heat and electricity needs of more communities, they demonstrate the feasibility of their greener, more democratic alternatives as a fossil fuel as a whole.
Choose between more invasive and insidious extraction techniques-
Fracking in Marcellus, top removal in Appalachian and tar sand processing in Alberta-
The community is controlled and adopted by large companies-
The foundation of wind, solar, geothermal and biomass systems is severe.
In the absence of a sensible federal policy, some states and cities take the lead in supporting the growth of renewable energy by building feedin Tariffs (FITs)
Establish stable price support for electricity entering the grid from renewable energy sources.
Ontario's health promotes the creation of more than 20,000 green jobs in the wind and solar industries, while the recent FIT in Vermont, Hawaii and Oregon shows early returns.
Ultimately, with community advocates and their allies fighting industry lobbyists and their minions in the industry, our energy options will be decided in state capitals and municipalities --
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