Here's one our Con/Dem chums don't want us to know about.
"Right now, local energy co-ops may seem radical and niche, but there are three
reasons that this movement could be about to explode into the mainstream.
Firstly, it works well in other countries. Secondly, the benefits go way beyond
the limitless clean energy they provide. Thirdly, because the success of the
initiatives like the Hub network blaze a trail: the change we need to see in the
world is not corporate or government led, it is going to be you and me.
Many of our European neighbours generate electricity very differently. Not only
is the energy mix of Scandinavia and Germany more renewable, citizens own a
significant proportion of the windmills, solar panels and other infrastructure
that generate it.
Perhaps not surprisingly, these countries score better on national wellbeing
scales and are more equal, showing less income disparity. They show that there
is a range of benefits to dispersed energy generation beyond the simple fact
that renewables won't run out."