How small, rural towns are making the biggest clean energy ideas happen

A wind turbine in a corn field
A wind turbine towers over a cornfield near Rothsay, Minn. The turbine is part of a wind and solar hybrid electrical generation system.
Dan Gunderson | MPR News 2019

Conversations about climate change and climate solutions often center on large cities and metropolises. But how are small, rural towns imagining and building a green future?

In “Rural Renaissance: Revitalizing America’s Hometowns through Clean Power,” L. Michelle Moore documents how these towns are taking on the biggest ideas to realize a clean energy future and transform our energy systems.

And the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Moore shares that rural communities have the highest energy burdens and are most impacted by power outages. But the opportunities and possibilities for are also more ripe than ever.

“The Infrastructure Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act are the single largest investment in rural power in a hundred years,” Moore said, “and there are a myriad programs and opportunities that local communities can take advantage of to build local clean energy futures and help local economies to thrive, too.”

To hear more about the rural renaissance with L. Michelle Moore, click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the Climate Cast podcast.

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