Conventional wisdom has it that without baseload power—coal and nuclear plants running in the background at all times—the grid will become unreliable. After all, how could wind and solar keep the lights on when they are so inherently variable? But now, a growing number of people are challenging that idea. In this interview, Jesse Morris, with the Rocky Mountain Institute, argues baseload power isn’t necessary.
Historically, electricity pricing has been relatively straightforward: the more you use, the more you pay. But today, that simple equation is not so simple. Increasingly, the time of day when you use electricity factors into the cost as well.
The Washington Post |The way electricity is delivered to homes and businesses is undergoing a significant transition. In the near future, many homeowners will be able to generate and store their own electricity, and that creates a profound challenge for traditional utilities.
The increasing use of solar energy – a form of “distributed energy” – is fundamentally changing the way Americans get their electricity. In the first of a three-part series on The Solar Challenge, we examine how solar microgrids could help communities adapting to climate change.
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