Can the U.S. deploy an EnergyNet the way it did the Internet?
Quick take: It's no secret that the U.S. government is in gridlock and cannot address the country's issues. Here is an optimistic (some would say naive) plea for both sides to rally about a "clean energy superhighway" the way we rallied around a national policy framework for the Internet some 15 years ago. I wish I could believe it has a chance. Please use the Comment form to reply if you think I am too cynical. â€“ Jesse Berst
A new report from the Center for American Progress -- The Networked Energy Web: The Convergence of Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid, and Distributed Power Generation as the Next Frontier of the ICT Revolutionâ€“ touts a bipartisan strategy for accelerating the transformation of the electric grid into a clean, private, secure and transparent integrated network.
Written by Bracken Hendricks and Adam James, the report proposes a networked energy web that could be achieved by:
Â· Increasing the decentralization of energy generation, which lowers the cost of energy and helps to integrate more sources of alternative energy into the grid
Â· Meeting the potential for energy efficiency in buildings by using better building materials in construction and real-time information to make smarter energy-distribution decisions
Â· Integrating smart grid technology into the existing energy grid, which can efficiently distribute energy, as well as information, around the country
The authors suggest a transition to a "networked energy web" promises to unleash massive economic growth.