Wind farms could be the industry of the future if Oregon’s experience is any indication. South of the Columbia River Gorge, an area once home to saw mills and logging, residents are betting their future on wind power. The area is currently dominated by wheat farms and hundreds of 300-foot wind turbines generating electricity and local income. Each resident current receives an annual check of $590.
California was the first state in the US to move ahead with full-scale deployment of smart meters. That decision can be traced back to the energy crisis of 2000-01 which analysts showed was caused in part by the failure to transmit dynamic pricing signals to retail customers.