- David Cooke
Energy generation for personal use should be free of control and taxation
This change in the control of power will only come from the individual but it can significantly increase the overall efficiency of the public grid and significantly reduce waste in electricity generation . . . especially from fossil fuels that cost resources simply to burn them. When we burn fossil fuels less than 27% of the energy arrives at the light bulb. When we "produce and use at source" over 90 to 95% of the energy arrives at the light bulb.
Considering exploration, extraction, refining, transporting, burning and disposing there is far more waste than use of these energy sources. Meanwhile solar, wind, hydro, bio and other renewable sources are burdened by the old thinking that all energy must flow through and be controlled by the utilities. Produce and use at source will extend the life and reduce the waste of the limited remaining supply of fossil fuels. Allowing and encouraging personal power generation for personal use can be a major multiplier of overall efficiency.
Meanwhile, utilities PAY excessive Feed in Tariffs to "encourage" wind and solar development as long as they stay within their control and they make no distinction between personal or commercial uses. Incentives are important on large scale commercial applications that require major investments, but supporting renewables would be of far greater value if they were smaller and subsidized personal ownership of renewable generating equipment rather than the energy they produce.
New thinking about the right to personal energy and a change from the status quo in energy generation systems control is needed.