Sunday, November 22, 2015

Worldwide smart grid

In order for a worldwide smart grid to be created, governments must invest in smart infrastructure. Most electricity grids rely on dirty fossil fuels and outdated equipment. A smart grid, on the other hand, uses state of the art technology to meet demand and to maximize efficiency. Essentially, the smart grid is an efficient, modern electrical grid. Utilities manage their electrical supply and productivity in a cost-effective way for them and customers benefit from a more efficient power system.



Utilities in a smart grid use 21st century systems to match power demand with energy supply. Intermittent energy sources, like wind and solar, can be used both more efficiently, and when they’re produced more, in a modern smart grid. When these systems are augmented with renewable energy storage, there is indeed a smarter grid...

 Please see: http://www.greencitytimes.com/Sustainability-News/smart-grid-overview.html for the whole article.




Friday, November 20, 2015

Stabilize Greenhouse Gasses


There are numerous ways that we can stabilize greenhouse gasses, thereby "stopping" climate change. Governments of 1st world and even developing nations must implement some of the following policies (and most might, at least implement some of the following, especially after the upcoming COP meeting of the UNFCCC in Paris). Clearly, the path to stabilize GHG emissions includes making it a priority for governments to financially invest in at least some of these solutions:

1. A carbon tax, or carbon cap-and-trade system, or both
2. Further investment in, and development of all forms of renewable energy including: wind, solar, geothermal and biomass/ biofuel etc...
3. Carbon capture and storage
4. Widespread adoption of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, as well as sustainable mass transportation using biofuel or electricity (bus systems, light rail etc...)
5. More use of, and development of smart grid infrastructure - smart meters, home energy management systems etc...
6. Energy, especially renewable energy, storage


This is certainly an incomplete list, so please feel free to add points.