“The energy revolution, instead of happening piecemeal, over decades, could take place fast enough to actually help an overheating planet,” writes Bill McKibben in the June 29, 2015 New Yorker. “But all of this would require the utilities—the interface between people and power—to play a crucial role, or, at least, to get out of the way.”
McKibben provides an excellent accounting of the disruption facing utilities in the face of increasingly cheap solar power, energy storage, LED lights and other now off-the shelf technology.
“A bold reworking of energy systems, long necessary and expensive, is now necessary and much more affordable,” McKibben concludes.
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