Electric utilities see the light

Faced with increasing demands for electricity, hundreds of billions of dollars in costs to repair, replace and expand power plants and the electricity distribution system over the next few decades, state mandates for renewable energy standards and an uncertain regulatory environment for using fossil fuels to generate electricity, electric utilities are finally realizing the benefits of energy efficiency and self-generation of electricity by end users.

The electric utilities didn’t come to the realization quickly.  Energy efficiency, which reduces consumption and demand, and self-generation of electricity by end users has historically been anathema to the electric utilities.  The fact that they have embraced those concepts means they had to be cost-effective, scalable, low-risk and sustainable over the long-term.

The firt step of solving a problem is the realization a problem exists and an understanding of the scale of the problem.  Now that the electric utilities realize the daunting size of the problem they are facing, it’s time for them to take the next step and actually do something about it.

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About the Author

Mark H. Witte is a strong proponent for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and believes individuals should have more control over how the energy for their homes is produced.