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Details on the grid
Jeremy Faludi, 2 Dec 04

Physics Today has a great article about the structure and economics of today's electrical grid in the US, as well as some historical perspective. Aside from a flippantly wrong statement in the intro ("volatile market prices have essentially been allowed to move in only one direction—downward" -- ever hear of California?), the article abounds with facts & figures. It also discusses the future of electricity in the US, such as distributed generation and intelligent grid technology, though they caution: "a large and growing gap exists between the performance capability of the electricity system and society's needs and expectations."

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Thanks for the link. Reminds me of Small Is Profitable by Lovins at al. Seems like (relatively) small scale, distributed generation needs a bi-directional grid and energy storage (buffering). But the savings by using CHP and reduced transmission distances are impressive.

-- John


Posted by: John Norris on 3 Dec 04



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