06 Jul '11, 2pm

For U.S. electricity, bigger isn’t better

Originally published at Minnesota Public Radio . The United States doesn't need another nuclear or coal power plant. Instead, it's time to abandon our 20th-century electricity system -- dominated by large, centralized utilities -- for a 21st-century electricity system that allows a network of independently owned and widely dispersed renewable energy producers to flourish. The 20th-century electricity grid was mostly a tale of "bigger is better." Utilities built ever-larger fossil fuel and nuclear power plants in pursuit of the cheapest possible electricity. For a 20th-century society, it worked. But the paradigm has changed. Since the year 2007, national electricity consumption has leveled off. In many states, it has declined. Coupled with new state policies to promote energy efficiency, it's possible to halt the growth in electricity use. We don't need more electricity: W...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/renewable-energy/2011-07-05-we-d

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