ARTICLE: “Why the rise of green energy makes utility companies nervous”

Bill McKibben writes about the hope of domestic and home solar, and air-based heat pumps (*), in The New Yorker. I share that hope. Another good book on the same: Mark Schapiro’s Carbon Shock: A tale or risk and calculus on the front lines of the disrupted global economy.

(*) Claire and I have Fujitsu electric heat pumps which we use instead of 30% biofuel oil now. We still need to get off the oil for our hot water and for emergency backup. We are investigating solar options, but don’t want to cut down trees on our wetlands-adjacent property. (We get a lot of great ecosystem services from those wetlands and trees! For instance, a vegetable garden that’s essentially free of pests, without pesticides: Birds.) If hydrogen fuel cells were available, we might do those. Meanwhile, we buy our electric power through MassEnergy’s New England Wind and are seriously considering investing in a community solar farm.

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See Retired data scientist and statistician. Now working projects in quantitative ecology and, specifically, phenology of Bryophyta and technical methods for their study.
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