Our friends at AOL business just published a list with all 50 (or is it 57) states and how they stack up as far as "renewables" are concerned. Vermont is # 1 and Maine is # 5. Interesting, however, is the fact that all the top 10 list HYDRO as the reason they are renewable winners. The ones touting wind and solar are in places where there is little running water and are much further down the list. I think we are missing a huge opportunity to take Maine back to a state where hydro powered EVERYTHING! We have to stop worrying about wild fish and start worrying about right and wrong. Tearing out perfectly good hydropower dams is senseless and irresponsible when alternatives can be made for fish. Existing dams could be retrofitted with new turbines for the price of ONE wind turbine, and produce 100 times as much continuous power. Small scale dams that take advantage of flow, not reservoirs, could be established with little or no disruption of the surrounding environment. Small turbines are available for city water systems, put in the pipes and producing power that flows constantly.
We have to have our elected officials and their staffs explore these other roads to power.