- distributed generation is rapidly gaining favour - I have been an advocate for decades - small localized organizations manage their own energy needs inc. supply/demand.
- rural cellular networks are enabling modern convenience in full absence of most all other typical infrastructure - real e-commerce in rural India.
- renewable energy displaces kerosene and the related black market, and costs approx. $1/wk at the consumer level.
- changes erupt in productivity, social exchange, and opportunity.
Established utilities should take note. While this transformation will be decades in motion, wholesale changes can occur very quickly when operating in an environment of like thinking and mutual benefit. The impediment to western society is twofold; (1) the massive built infrastructure that would become redundant and (2) the challenge of reliability. interconnectedness and redundancy for safety and meeting expectations of productivity. The first will become relegated to the past, and the second is entirely (and possibly even more) manageable on a smaller scale.
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