26 Aug '11, 5pm

Equal energy for all: Can we democratize the grid?

Equal energy for all: Can we democratize the grid?

Image used under CC license from ILSR's New Rules Project The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) recently published an e-book (PDF) advocating complete democratization of the electric grid by abandoning a system that is dominated by large, centralized utilities for a 21st century grid made of independently-owned and widely-dispersed renewable energy generators A democratized system for creating and distributing electric power ensures that the economic benefits of electricity generation are as widely dispersed as the ownership. Why Now? As long as communities still rely on centralized, fossil-fuel powered energy plants to generate power, democratization of the electrical grid will remain a dream. But the past 10 years have seen an exponential growth in the adoption of renewable energy alternatives, namely home solar and wind power, which presents an unprecedented oppo...

Full article: http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-08-26/equal-en...

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