With Ford announcing the electric Focus will hit the roads in 2011 (2012 model year), I’m looking down the street and around the corner and seeing very real implications for electricity generation and capacity. Translation: I expect very real upward pressure on electric rates. And improving the energy efficiency of your home with help you save money now, and save more as rates increase. Of course, you could decide to bet that a lot of people will decide they want new coal-fired plants in their backyards and that will help keep rates from going up. But I’m not convinced that’s either the wise or the likely path.
I think electric vehicles are going to be a big part of our future and help move us toward greater energy independence and energy security. Along with that I believe improving the energy-efficiency of our buildings, including our homes, is going to play a critical role. And it makes sense to start preparing today. What do you think?