If renewable energy sources are going to make a lasting and substantial impact on the well-being of our environment, the infrastructure is going to have to take shape on a more widespread scale. Although Vermont’s Small-Scale Wind Energy Demonstration Program has made strides in improving the awareness of the benefits of wind energy, it can’t exist in its own microcosm. Eventually, more local and state governments are going to have to enact programs and incentives to drive the growth of infrastructure necessary to produce and distribute this type of clean energy.
If wind energy is to be adopted on a scale sufficient to truly contribute to the sustainability movement, two things must happen:
1) Federal, state and local governments will need to put more pressure on large electricity cooperatives and providers urging them to adopt cleaner forms of energy. Wind generation, in particular, has been a complementary if not completely experimental source at this point. Energy retailers, such as the one at http://www.texaselectricityproviders.com/champion-energy-texas/Texas/, deserve to be able to offer sustainable energy to customers who place an emphasis on green living. And the utilities that generate the energy should have incentives to adapt to this growing demand.
2) The general populace needs to be more vigorously informed of two important aspects of the argument for clean energy. First, that the current method of producing electricity is not sustainable on its current scale. Second, that wind energy – as well as other forms of clean energy – fills the void left by currently unsustainable and environmentally taxing practices.
If America is to have sustainable energy for the long term, governments, retailers and the general populace are going to have to get on board with encouraging the implementation of wind and clean energy-friendly infrastructure on a national scale.