The New York Times has a fascinating article today in the “Room for Debate” section of their website. The article centers around a number of different opinions on whether we should be looking to conserve our open space or utilize it to build renewable energy projects.
David Roberts over at Grist.org makes an excellent point in this debate. We can transcend the whole issue by simply forgoing large renewable energy farms and capture the resources right where the energy is being used. As distribute energy systems become more efficient, and as communities begin to understand the true benefits of installing these systems, we will begin to see less and less need for large transmission lines leading to mega-wind and solar farms.