Can the U.S. deploy an EnergyNet the way it did the Internet?

Tools

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. – 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 Revolution– 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:

·      Increasing the decentralization of energy generation, which lowers the cost of energy and helps to integrate more sources of alternative energy into the grid

·        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

·       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.