Most of the electricity we use is generated remotely and brought by high voltage transmission lines to population centers. From here it is distributed to customers. Each element of this electrical grid is centralized. This limits choice and participation by us, the consumers.
As the grid developed and expanded across the country in twentieth-century, centralization was essential to bringing down the cost of service. This way of delivering electricity is changing. Distributed solar energy, wind energy, and electrical storage are pushing changes to electrical grids and the rules that manage them. Together, these technologies, new markets, and new rules will become the Grid of the Future (GOTF).
Community Power Network
April 28, 2016