We’ve frequently discussed the environmental costs of new power generation, including wind and solar on public lands and centralized versus distributed generation. All energy production has environmental consequences. But while everyone’s talking about the pros and cons of the next generation technology, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council has found that although it may not be as sexy, the real ‘bang for the buck’ is in conservation.
The new plan envisions the Northwest actually using less power in 10 years than it does now, even as the population rises, he said.
Council member Dick Wallace of Washington said conservation measures cost less than half of what new power generation costs, and they don’t add new carbon emissions.