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Remove the barriers to renewable energy- Cost

There are really 3 issues that make renewable energy adoption difficult. Why don't we specifically tackle those 3 issues in a variety of ways? Anything not tackling these 3 issues is a misuse of resources. Cost is the first problem... a. Utilities- they have to provide power as cheaply as possible, by law. This hamstrings them. If we volunteered to pay more, better supported politics that required Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS), and used "environmental" funding dollars to collaborate instead of fighting, we'd get further. b. Technology CAPEX- renewable implementation is already coming down, so we just gotta keep doing what we are doing and they will keep getting cheaper. to increase this rate, we just need more.

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Its all up there already.

What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?

The main players are utilities and customers. This applies to place where energy is a regulated market.

How does your idea specifically help your community rapidly transition to renewables?

Removing the number 1 barrier to implementation will make it more likely that people start to get it done.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Ideally, finding a neighborhood willing to be a test case for a "renewable fee" pool might work. Here in the south though, that might be hard to find.

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Hi Will,

I definitely agree that the utility's cheapest energy possible legislation is something that needs to be tinkered with. I think you would be interested in Anna's idea " Windshed: Community data sharing to save renewable energy" it could definitely be an interesting way to lower the costs if people utilized the surplus energy she speaks of.

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I looked at her idea. It sounded like its advocating using more power...since renewables have created a surplus. That doesnt seem like a good thing to me. Its advocating increasing the peak demand, just to use an energy surplus. It would be better to decrease baseload, not increase peak demand. or maybe i am misunderstanding her idea.