Our Energy Future: Ideas to Action

Stevens County residents discuss their energy future at the Rural Climate Dialogues

Photo courtesy of the Jefferson Center

The following was first published by The Jefferson Center.

In December 2017, fifty Stevens County community members came together to start brainstorming about the future of their energy system. After listening to three introductory presentations, participants considered these three questions in small groups:

  1. What interests or excites you most about the future of our energy system?
  2. What concerns do you have about the way our energy system might change?
  3. What do you think Stevens County’s energy system should look like in 10 years?

Participants prioritized reliability and reducing climate change and pollution as key criteria for evaluating the future energy system. In the conversation, five focus areas stood out:

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency and behavior change
  • Batteries and energy storage technology
  • District heating
  • Local energy ownership & microgrids

For our second event in February, we dove deeper into these 5 focus issues, with experts highlighting key features of each. 

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