Thursday, October 19, 2006

Backyard unindustrializing

Via The Oil Drum comes this extensive writeup of Ontario's plan for "Standard Offer Contracts", modeled in a way off of the European Renewable Energy Tariffs plan. While the write up is pretty critical, I really like the general idea of encouraging small scale (i.e. residential level) energy production. Unfortunatly, for the reasons the article notes, this plan doesn't really do it. The required investments (1000s in monitering tech) will probably still leave it only available to mid/high level producers. But the idea is definitly an avenue worth exploring in terms of future policy.

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