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  •  The keys are (3+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, 6412093, Lawrence

    1. More efficient transmission -- This allows energy to be generated in one location and used elsewhere. This is particularly important in large countries like the US.
    2. Effective storage -- This allows energy to be generated at one time and used at another time. This means that backup energy sources do not have to be running all of the time, just in case the wind stops or the clouds roll in. This is Germany's big problem.

    With both in place, alternative energy becomes mainstream energy. You don't have to be first to go alternative, but you do have to solve the technology.

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