Fueling the Regional Economy (a case study)
Economies run on energy, and economies that can produce their own energy have more control of their futures than those that depend on others for all their power. The North Country has solid hydropower and wind resources, but needs to develop other local renewable energy resources in order to keep energy dollars from leaving the region and reduce greenhouse gases, and gain more control over its economic future.
North Country farmers could increase income and put fallow lands back into use by adding energy as one of the things the farmers grow. Biofuels are natural solar power plants. Growing plants convert sunlight to sugar that can be stored and then released through burning. The question is what sorts of these solar collectors might work best in the North Country? 124
North Country Region Sustainability Plan