I’ve been a fan of decentralised energy ever since I read about the huge losses incurred transporting electrons around the country (in particular, from renewable installations in Scotland). Like food, energy has to go local.
Greenpeace have just released a whopping great report on how decentralising our energy system could cut emissions significantly. At 74 pages, it’s a hefty read but covers everything you ever wanted to know about implementing a more liberalised energy grid.
“A decentralised energy system would see everyday buildings playing host to devices such as solar panels, small wind turbines and combined heat and power boilers, which generate electricity as well as providing heat and hot water. The electricity created would be used directly by the house or workplace, and the surplus would be fed into a local network. This electricity would then be locally distributed, avoiding the significant loss that occurs when electricity is transported long distances.”