- What will be the effect of greater decentralization of power generation?
The greater effect of decentralization of power generation will be a balanced control between the suppliers and consumers. Balanced control is huge, because typically it is the power generation companies how have all the “power.” Rather than being stuck with the local power generation company, consumer will have a choice. A choice is huge for consumers. For example the only way in which I can get cable TV is through my local provider, and they are TERRIBLE. They are so bad that I looked for SUBSTITIONS, and I do not have an equivalent one. So my down-grade substitutions are Netflix and Amazon.
A few years ago, that was the same trouble some people may have had with electrical companies. Now consumers are able to compare power generation companies based upon quality, price, any type of green energy factor they like. Hopefully prices drop due to competition, or power generation companies compete for consumers in positive ways.
- What new businesses will evolve in this changing landscape?
As we enter a “changing landscape” I feel that we will see consultation firms evolve and give sustainable advice to businesses or even homeowners. I talked to a great friend/ mentor of mine who is an architect. He told me about how, he had questions regarding a project nearly a year ago, but he was not sure who to go to.
Sustrana is sustainable near Philadelphia, and they have a goal which really convinces me that sustainable consultation firms will evolve.
To enable 1,000 organizations to build strategic sustainability programs by 2020. -That is huge!
- What business can you see yourself creating to serve this market?
If I were to start my own business, it would be in small scale consulting. People need help and I will be there to give them advice. I would take on residential and business projects, hopefully working on new buildings, but also open to updates existing structures. However I have an open mind and am willing to take on new ideas.
-F. Michael Reichart