An Engineer Examines a Town’s Energy Future (125)

pm125_560How much energy does a town consume? Brian Corzilius sleuthed that out for Willits, California, and got a big surprise: in this community of 13,000 people, nearly 25% of personal after-tax earnings (about $30 million annually) leaves town to pay for energy – gasoline, diesel, electricity and natural gas. His inventory grew into an energy independence report which identified opportunities for local energy sources to replace external inputs. His local “energy mix” considers solar, wind, hydro, biomass, wood gasifiers, co-generation, and sewage plant methane to create electricity. A model for any community, his energy report is online at Episode 125.

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