Full Title: Democratizing the Electricity System: A Vision for the 21st Century Grid
Author(s): John Farrell
Publisher(s): Institute for Local Self Reliance
Publication Date: 6/2011
Length: 51 pages, PDF
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Wind and sun are available everywhere, so renewable energy can be economically harnessed at small scales across the country, state and community. This nature of renewable energy, coupled with an exponential increase of renewable energy generation here and abroad promises to transform the structure and scale of the nation’s grid system. But the greater transformation is the democratization of the electric grid, abandoning a 20th century grid dominated by large, centralized utilities for a 21st century grid, a democratized network of independently-owned and widely dispersed renewable energy generators, with the economic benefits of electricity generation as widely dispersed as the ownership.