the center of it all!
the center of it all!
Over 50 stores and restaurants, conveniently located off
of Highway 101, Rowland Boulevard exit.
Leslie’s Pool Supplies | Macy’s Furniture | Pier 1 Imports
Sleep Train | Marshalls | Costco | Target
of the country. I think a great story is renewable energy in the Midwest. In the last 10 years,
the Midwest has gone from having very little
renewable energy to being a global leader.
That’s put billions of dollars’ investment in
the ground, it’s created thousands of jobs, it’s
built a sense of renewal in many parts of the
Midwest, and because a lot of it has been wind
development, it’s making farmers happy as they
continue to do their traditional farming work
but get extra revenues from wind power. So it’s
a win for the regional economy and it’s a win for
the landowners in many areas.
That makes it harder to make an economic
argument against it. Why would you want to
import power from outside when you could
generate it yourself? Why would you want a
coal train from Wyoming when you could generate power in the Midwest yourself, and the
revenues go to local folks?
What about technologies making an impact in
the Bay Area, or that Marin residents should
be keeping an eye out for? Marinites are the
early adopters. They should be putting solar
on their roofs, plugging it into their electric
cars, making their houses full of efficient
LEDs and putting in smart thermostats.
Efficient appliances are another part of that.
The other thing that Marinites should be
doing is getting their voices out and heard
and engaging in the political process.
What sort of opportunities will we have for
that? The Energy Foundation doesn’t fund lobbying, but I recommend that people look for
every opportunity when they have access at
the local, state and national level to make their
voices heard saying they want clean-energy
technology, and they want innovation in energy
markets. Whether we get these big new markets
depends a lot on whether the policy makers are
willing to advance new policies, and oftentimes
that boils down to a discussion in the Legislature
or at a public utility commission or city council.
So people can engage. Certainly there’s some
activity going on around Marin, but I’m just urging people to be politically active on this topic in
whatever way they see fit. We’re really excited
about the potential in this area, so it’s great to be
able to talk to Marin folks about it. M