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Category: Decentralized energy

Blackouts demonstrate the folly of centralized power

It is astonishing that after all the empirical evidence, not to mention deaths of energy dependent consumers, that the centralized model is fraught with problems, no consideration is given to doing away with it altogether. Instead of investing billions in upgrading a 19th century construct we should be moving into the 22nd century and a more elegant, redundant and therefore more reliable distributed model where power is produced from multiple renewable sources right at the point of consumption.

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What if Coos County produced all its energy locally?

Americans paid seventy two times more to subsidize fossil fuels in the last five years than solar. If solar (and presumably wind) had received the same taxpayer investment, renewable energy would be cheaper than coal said to be peaking within twenty years. Imagine if the average ratepayer, instead of importing power and exporting dollars, kept his energy dollars local and used that extra money to buy local foods and products.

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Engineer calls for halt on nuclear power and a move to distributed energy

Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates concurs we are perpetuating old and flawed technology when we support nuclear power. Calling to put the breaks on further nuclear development and stating that he believes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission cannot be trusted to think out of the box, Gundersen encourages a move away from the 19th century electrical grid and toward 22nd century distributed energy systems.

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Holding on to old technology, perpetuating a steam powered grid

Community owned microgrids offer independence from the wasteful business practices of investor owned utilities. Whereas most corporations are loathe to change how they operate or retool or innovate, small businesses and local groups can work together to implement existing and emerging technologies that move society into the 22nd century instead of perpetuating the worst of the past.

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Solar storms could unleash massive nuclear reactor failures in US

NASA has warned imminent cyclical solar storms may take out power to large parts of the centralized electrical grid causing blackouts than can last for months. One thing we have learned from the crisis in Japan is that nuclear reactor cooling systems require power to function before fuel rods overheat. US nuclear facilities, all 104 of them, have only eight hours of backup time available to them before we see multiple repeats of the Fukushima disaster.

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