12 Mar '13, 1pm

Community-Owned Transmission?

The enormous growth in local renewable energy is decentralizing the electricity system, often supplanting energy from centralized power plants. But not all renewable energy is built locally, even in a country like Germany with massive local ownership of its renewable energy systems . The Germans are undergoing significant upgrades to their electricity grid as they push 25 percent renewable energy, and transmission is part of the plan. And as with their wind and solar generation, the Germans are committed to letting ordinary citizens reap the economic benefits of the “energy change,” announcing a new plan to let citizens invest in transmission lines . It’s certainly a novel idea. High-voltage transmission lines in the U.S. are typically built by vertically-integrated utilities or big transmission companies that — even during a recession — get a rate regulated return on inve...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/03...

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