With all over the clever people that there are in the world, there must be someone who can find a way to harness the energy of lightening! There has to be a way to attract the lightening to the same place on a regular basis. Then the trick is to take the sudden and incredibly vast amount of electrical energy from a lightening strike and divide it into smaller amounts that can be either stored or input into our energy grids? It seems to me that once a method to funnel the energy is found, then the same equipment can be used as lightening is attracted into those systems over and over again. The high cost of damage from lightening strikes could be reduced or even eliminated since the lightening will follow the easiest and quickest path to the ground.
"Given that the average Midwest thunderstorm releases enough electrical energy to power the entire U.S. for 20 minutes, who knows what the potential is for the harvesting of lightning fields and arrays of bolt conductors."
Since the Tampa Bay area of Florida is the "Lightening Capital of the United States", perhaps funding should be provided to conduct research on this fascinating possibility here in Tampa Bay! With the increasing high cost of energy, now is a better time than ever to make progress on this and other forms of "green energy".