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A microgrid is composed of a small network of power generators for sharing electricity and heat on a local, community level. Think of it like peer-to-peer file-sharing technologies, such as BitTorrents, where demand is split up and shared around the network of "users". It supposedly can be integrated for substantial savings to the pocketbook and to the environment with no major changes to lifestyles.

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  • Distributes the power so that it is not so vulnerable (in contrast to a central power company)
  • Can easily integrate alternative energy production, such as wind or solar
  • Reduces line transmission losses
  • Heat from energy generation can be recouped into local uses for heating water or warming buildings in cold weather.

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Proponents

  • Green Alliance - Has been "pushing for micropower generation technologies, such as micro-CHP (combined heat and power) boilers; mini-wind turbines and photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays. Micro-CHP units work by turning heat which would normally escape through flues into electricity. Homeowners then sell any surplus electricity back to the national grid." (ref)

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GRID FOOTER

GRID PROBLEMS

GRID SOLUTIONS

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