I heard this story last week and wanted to post this to the blog, ‘Recycling’ Energy Seen Saving Companies Money. This story looks at ways that we could use the waste products from industry to create energy, BUT there is one catch. This is illegal, because our laws give our utility companies a monopoly on energy production. So, let’s say that you ran a company that produced excess heat. You decided you’d like to use that heat run a generator to create electricity (which is technologically possible). This seems like a winning scenario, right? Use waste to save coal to produce extra energy. Pretty smart, but totally illegal. And it appears that the energy lobby is not going to be very friendly in changing any laws.