A Distributed Generation Future

Sep 27, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Here’s the basic idea: instead of a small number of power plants providing a lot of people and businesses with power, we can instead use a large number of small-scale electricity generators, each providing a small number of local users with power.

Hmmmmmm. Where were we? Ah yes! We were discussing whether my gushing over electric vehicles was excessive, considering that all it would take is a power-outage to leave EVs incapable of recharging. Right, that sounds unpleasant.

Okay, let’s dispense with something first. I agree that, as an EV owner, I’m stuck in that situation. It turns out that electric vehicles do in fact need electricity. I can’t make my Nissan Leaf run on candy and rainbows, despite my best efforts.

But here’s the thing – gasoline vehicles are in the same boat. Think about it. When you need to fill up your gas-powered car, you pull up at a gas station pump that is powered by…wait for it…electricity.

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Valerie Bennett
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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