30 Mar '16, 8am

Centralized or distributed power? We need both (for now)

Even in the light of post-COP21 optimism and a "can do" spirit when it comes to our ability to forcefully respond to the global warming crisis, a question urgently needs to be answered as the solution to this massive problem unfolds at an accelerating pace. Everyone likes renewables, but how do we like them: centralized or distributed ? More to the point, what role do we see the utilities playing as we move into a clean energy future? Will we become self-sufficient energy pioneers, with solar panels on our roofs and backup batteries in the basement, in a world where we won’t need utilities anymore, thank you very much? Or perhaps we should keep them around, to provide backup, so we don’t have to buy those expensive batteries. What about community microgrids? Should we allow the utilities to manage the power for us, combining large scale solar, wind and hydro projects, alon...

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