Public Displays of Local Businesses doing more
The benefits of using renewable energy at the expense of higher costs does not make sense for private companies. It might however, if they were able to better monetize the positive PR they get from being a greener company. Partnering environmentalist with corporations with high visibility marketing at no cost would possibly persuade corporations to better manage and/ or generate energy use.
We cant ask corporations to make less money because renewable energy use is going to benefit all of us over a long time line. They might not even be in business long enough to matter. Paying more money for renewables might even put them out of business! We can however, vote with our dollars and do our best to promote businesses that do whats better in terms of renewables and efficiency.