Off the Grid

Weitz, Jerry
January 2007
Planning;Jan2007, Vol. 73 Issue 1, p14
Trade Publication
The article analyzes whether alternative sources of energy presents sustainability or brings more damaging effect. Several factors that lead people to use renewable sources of energy are also discussed. The author features solar and wind energy systems used by a couple in Rowe, New Mexico to generate their own electricity and stay off the power grid. He mentions the policies on energy, sustainability, and smart growth adopted by the American Planning Association to find out the implications of using alternative energy sources. He states that off-grid living is consistent to these policies. However, he explains that off-grid living can result in scattered development which can lead to the deterioration and loss of open space, forests, ecosystems, and plant and animal life.


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