Today, we are told that we don’t need more electricity and fuel, but rather we need to become more efficient with the electricity and fuel that we already have. Most everyone I know tends to agree with the necessity of becoming more efficient.
Being a person directly involved in “smart grid” technology. I’d like to give you an honest, yet simplified, view of what a traditional electric grid looks like.
This is a proven system. It works and it works well. It is scalable and adaptable to just about any geographic concern. The simplicity of the structure lends itself to efficiency. Maintenance and repair are as just as straightforward. Capacity is easily adjusted and the costs are fairly predictable.
Efficiency has many definitions. Here are a few… The ratio of the effective or useful output to the total input in any system. And/or, performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry; competent; capable. And/or, the power or capacity to produce a desired result. Here are some synonyms to consider….. effectiveness, economy, productivity, organization, efficacy, cost-effectiveness, orderliness. Some antonyms to efficiency………. helplessness, impotence, inability, incompetence, ineffectiveness, inefficiency, weakness.
Ok, we all got that, right? Now, here is a simplified alarmist vision of a more efficient grid.
Ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t some futuristic goal of the way things could be. We are working towards this today. And this is what we’re going to saddle future generations with unless we change the goal and change it soon. Consider the inherent complexity to such a system, the logistical nightmare, the cost of the infrastructure, the potential fail points, the materials and energy spent simply for constructing such a monstrosity, and the myriad of other issues I haven’t even spoke about. And all of this because we won’t dig more coal, construct more nuclear plants, and are tearing down our hydro plants. Gee, I wonder why our economy can’t rebound?
As I’ve stated, I’m directly involved in implementing smart grid technology. I’d be happy to answer any questions posed.