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  •  We could stop demanding 24/7/365 (8+ / 0-)

    uninterrupted power...

    I am writing this on a laptop with a four hour battery life. It is snowing outside but my house is well insulated. We have battery powered lights for emergencies.

    It would still take lots of work to get off the grid, but it isn't impossible. In twenty or thirty years I think that it will be common. Even if you are on the grid, it will be more to even generation out and provide capacity for the rare times when you need a lot of juice.

    Even if we could only generate 25% of our total power, most of us would have no trouble ramping our usage down to that level in the case of a disaster. That would mean that Lowes wouldn't be selling out of generators every time there is a big storm and people wouldn't be freezing to death if they can't afford one.

    When I was a kid no one was talking about eliminating the telephone grid. Instead we were trying to expand it out to the rural areas. Now most college students don't have a land line and never will. Things change.

    •  Industries (2+ / 0-)
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      Andrew F Cockburn, VClib

      require a lot of power, 24/365. Additionally, moving to more renewables will require a much more robust grid to distribute the intermittent power from the different generating regions.

      Going to renewables won't eliminate the grid, it will put much, much larger demands on the grid.

    •  Sure, and I can get my pony too. (0+ / 0-)

      next week.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 05:32:45 PM PST

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