This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.
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On May 8th on Spring of Sustainability, Stacey Lawson gave us a great overview of the energy revolution underway which is “putting power in the hands of the people.” She pointed out that at present, power is centralized in a few companies. A change is underway to “democratized” renewable energy like rooftop solar.
Almost everyone can do rooftop solar today, as is happening in Germany. Given that 70% of energy in the US is consumed by our built environment, it’s crucial to change our consumption patterns and enhance the energy savings in our homes and businesses (windows, doors, insulation, water usage, etc).
Providing consumers with fast, affordable access to capital to support energy efficiency would have a massive impact, creating green jobs and reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This is what her company, Ygrene, is doing.
Stopping subsidies to fossil fuel companies would help level the playing field for renewable energies. Marin County, California is a great model of the “community aggregation” approach in which the county has independently secured 100% renewable energy (wind power) at roughly the same price (or less) as what the local utility provides (PG&E), which is mostly based on coal and natural gas.