They myth of energy independence

May 10, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: CNN

Michael Levi is my favorite energy wonk -- and not just because we both had to endure waiting for hours in the cold outside the 2009 United Nations climate-change conference in Copenhagen.

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Solarman

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"The idea of energy independence is "rarely more than a slogan," Levi says"

When you change the business model of the current utility power industry, then you can inject various sources into the power mix and actually begin to use alternative, intermittent resources of power generation as baseload and spinning sources of power. Some power utilities are trying proof of concept power storage along the grid. NaS, Lithium Ion and some flow battery designs have been installed and tested as regulation and grid smoothing. Stepping up to the next level of storage could make the concept of V2G common place. Then the utilities could use and store whatever power was injected into the grid for later use.
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Article was well written and thought out.
Presently I’m exploring my eventual energy independence. One piece at a time, with no loans. A garden of Green Energy. In time it will be feasible for processing electrical fuel for an electrical vehicle. Savings in fuel cost will pay for the system. We are in a fortunate time where the individual consumer can produced their own energies independent from the spigots, of the centralized sources we are now shackled to.
Consider the evolution of technology. One Example; Your computer 50 years ago was of vacuum tubes.{Three stories high and a block long} Then on to transistors and then on to chips.{In the palm of your hands}
Now they are investigating benefits for the computer in the realms of NANO and Quantum technologies. Super Computers for the average consumer? Hmm… Now consider that R&D for Alternative Energy. Hmmmm…

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