So often we think of renewable energy as a metropolitan issue. If you live in a city, you understand urban areas are the largest consumers of power in all forms, and electricity specifically.
What we don’t see are examples of how sustainable power harvesting effects the small farming communities of eastern Washington.
Some may put this aspect out of mind, comfortable in knowing that those projects are providing power for our urban areas. That our urban areas are the economic engines of this great state and long term planning is essential. That long term planning means producing our own power so that we gain some independence from the petroleum industry, with it’s economic and environmental consequences.
Those are all good reasons for having taken this step into the future, but shouldn’t our future be about serving the needs of all our people? If so, that means also serving the needs of small communities where these projects are located.
Puget Sound Energys has produced this video showing how their wind farm in Pomeroy Washington affected that farming community southwest Washington. The project has brought change, some welcome, some not. But their willingness to change may be the thing that sustains the small town ethos they value.
For example, some of their young people are returning to this farm community to work for PSE. Others are able to inherit their family farm because the revenue income from this power product goes directly into the county budget and land owner’s. After decades of decline, they are seeing direct benefits from sustainable power production.
Take less than half and hour and be uplifted. This is our “Post Futureshock” world.