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    jamess, Matt Z
    Fuel cells would be more appropriate in homes generating electricity.

    Admittedly, my interest in this stems from owning a remote, off-the-grid cabin; but eliminating the grid altogether strikes me as an extremely desirable goal.

    If each house could produce its own electricity directly, the terrible waste of "line loss" (the loss of electricity in transport on the grid) could be eliminated.  Even better - the enormous vulnerability of the grid to terrorist attack or natural disaster  damage would be eliminated.

    Remember when a problem with the grid blacked out everyone on the eastern seaboard and west into the great lakes states a few years back?

    At least in a natural disaster area, if each home were self-sufficient for power, there would be pockets of working energy sources that could help residents whose energy sources were damaged while repairs were being made.  As it stands now, huge swaths are rendered helpless in freezing cold when the grid goes out.  Sometimes it takes weeks to restore power.

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

    by Gustogirl on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 08:31:35 AM PDT

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