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Doubling Down on a Centralized Grid Is More Expensive Without Distributed Energy

Former state utility commissioners Anne Hoskins and Jeanne Fox outline the benefits of a more distributed energy grid on Greentech Media.

The C3 Take
  • The current centralized grid of the United States is vulnerable to extreme weather events such as hurricanes and wildfires.
  • New research suggests that having an energy grid that is less centralized and more dependent on distributed energy resource (DERs) technologies, such as rooftop solar, saves consumers money and provides more reliable energy.
  • By investing in local communities, the United States can boost economic and environmental prosperity while creating a more affordable and resilient energy grid.

“In fact, the researchers found that scaling local solar is actually the most cost-effective way to meet our nation’s climate goals, while creating 2 million jobs along the way, helping to build a sustainable economy. Not only is it the most cost-effective way to meet our nation’s climate goals, but it will also boost resilience as local communities and businesses contend with wildly variant weather patterns — increased storm severity, more devastating wildfires and longer and stronger hurricane seasons — stemming from the climate crisis.”

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