Readers of this blog who care about the connection between local resources, local development and local democracy may have read my June 10 weekly column in The Chronicle Herald on the subject of generating power in the community, for the community.
I wrote in my original column:
“Public attention right now is fixed on the cost of power that is distributed through a provincial monopoly. The simplest and easiest way to avoid these costs is to generate alternative energy sources at the point they are needed.” That is, on-site, off-grid energy sources that can help us break our dependence on a monopolized, expensive, centrally operated power system.
But the key clause – “at the point they are needed” – was missing in the published version of the column.
Some readers inferred that I was promoting community-dividing, as-of-right, big-wind developments that sell power to the utility. That was not my point. My intent was to draw attention to the potential for municipalities to be proactive, through planning, regulation and investment, to set their own goals for energy self-sufficiency, tailor-made for their residents and local industry.