Bill Resnick interviews Al Weinrub in the first part of a two-part interview about options for the energy grid. In the first part today, Bill and Al compare decentralized local community energy with the Investor Owned Utility model on costs, reliability, and speed of installation of 100% renewable energy. While the decentralized community systems are superior on these criteria and if quickly installed across the planet would end the threat of global warming, the centralized Investor Owned Utilities have the political muscle. And both sides are asking for your support. Al Weinrub started out a physicist and early on recognized the dangers of global warming. He left an academic career to become a community organizer, not just warning us but building movements that could lead the reconstruction necessary to save us from unimaginable catastrophe on an uninhabitable planet. He co-founded and serves as coordinator for the Local Clean Energy Alliance of the Bay Area. He has written several books on California energy including the classic book, Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California and co-edited the book Energy Democracy.
Photo of protestors at 2019 Climate Strike by Garry Knight.