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Why the U.S. Power Grid's Days Are Numbered

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- 1737 days ago -
There are 3,200 utilities that make up the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world. These power companies sell $400 billion worth of electricity a year, mostly derived from burning fossil fuels. This model is doomed to obsolescence.

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Freya H (357)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:29 pm
This is why we need to promote alternative, renewable energy - wind, solar, wave, geothermal, biofuels, whatever. Coal and uranium are limited. Sunshine and wind effectively are not.

Terry V (30)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:08 pm
Our government has known this for a LONG time, but THEIR pockets are lined by greedy companies.

David D (18)
Friday August 23, 2013, 8:13 pm
> This is why we need to promote alternative, renewable energy
NO. This is why humankind and foremost U$A needs(*) DOWNSIZING; ie. REDUCTION in consumption (and numbers...)
') by physical necessity; as so-called "renewable energy" technologies are far from sustainable; and what cannot go on, won't.
> the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world.
- Hmm. The Telecommunication-network probably covers a larger area. Btw: the European and Russian electrical grids are linked (though not necessarily synchronized(?)), for decades. But U.S. electrical grid may well be the biggest in consumption+waste.
> Thomas Edison invented the light bulb
- yep. A certain Joseph Wilson Swann also contributed, to not inconsiderable extent, to this invention

David D (18)
Friday August 23, 2013, 8:21 pm
apropos switching to ""alternative, renewable energy"" ...

since ~2008, US grid was unable to carry all windpower produced: resulting in wind power (capacity factor) curtailment -- according to 2012 WIND TECHNOLOGIES MARKET REPORT 08/2013

Judy C (97)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:30 am
Thanks for the comments, folks.

The size of the power grid may be arguable, Franck, but a close reading of the article reveals a prediction of an entirely new emerging model, using micro-grids more and more, rendering the giant power grid more and more unnecessary. Changes have already begun. That is not to say that reducing consumption isn't still very important, too, as you point out.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:35 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 4:50 am
Why not using renewable energy?

S S (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:58 am
Thank you.

Roger G (154)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:28 pm
noted, thanks

Thomas B (1)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 3:19 pm
Check out what this panel of top military advisors, including former CIA director, James Woolsey, have to say about how ridiculously vulnerable the grid is to emp's, solar flares, etc.:

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 4:32 pm
Noted, thanks.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 4:43 pm
Like the idea of mini grids instaead of the behemoth we have now. It's possible that by using these smaller grids that there will be a bit less waste. The smaller grids will be better protection against terrorist tampering. Noted with thanks.

Inge B (202)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 12:45 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 7:05 am
In so many states they could be giving back to the grid by using solar panels + other alternative energies.. Why don't they?

Jamie Clemons (282)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 1:37 pm
What the power company fears most is distributed power generated at the source so they can't keep bilking us for power.

Kathleen R (138)
Monday August 26, 2013, 10:10 am
Noted & read ... really great article
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