Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Self-Sufficient Towns for Japan

Brendan Barrett of United Nations University writes about plans to make Japanese towns more self-sufficient when they are eventually rebuilt after the damage from last year’s tsunami is cleaned up. The biggest challenge, not surprisingly, is energy.

For a community to be more self-sufficient and disaster-resistant, much of the energy production will have to be decentralized. That is a prospect that sparks political resistance from commercial interests connected to industrial-scale electric production and distribution.