The report advocated strongly for state and local control over these renewable energy assets and a decentralized approach to electricity generation: building small-scale, distributed energy facilities and upgrading the transmission and distribution systems within each state.

This is opposed to national energy policy, which promotes the construction of a high-voltage, national transmission super highway to carry electricity generated in a handful of renewable-rich states to other regions of the country.

The argument for centralized generation is cost: It’s typically cheaper to generate electricity from renewables in regions abundant with these resources, like the windy Midwest and the sunny Southwest.

The report’s authors argued, however, that the more important measure is the ultimate retail price to the consumer:

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