Polling tells us clean energy is popular across the political spectrum and it’s the power source people most want to encourage. But it’s also the case that electricity generation isn’t a broadly top-of-mind topic.
Energy resource planning and decision-making are often long, behind-the-scenes processes, without easy ways for electricity bill-payers to have a say. And the fact that many utilities publicize renewables, but not their still-heavy reliance on polluting fuels, can make it seem that clean energy transition is farther along than it actually is.
This can all make for situations where utilities’ actions and priorities are out of step with the preferences and values of their customers. And that can slow the overall pace of clean energy transition.