The Future of Energy

It wasn't that long ago that I posted this article about the future of electrical consumption. In it I argue for smaller renewable energy generators combined with batteries in new home construction.

Here's a recent article by Amory Lovins about electrical production in the last few years. Lovins is as Freakonomics' Blog puts it "the energy maven's energy maven."

"Global competition between big and small plants is turning into a rout... In 2007, the U.S., Spain, and China each added more wind capacity than the world added nuclear capacity, and the U.S. added more wind capacity than it added coal-fired capacity during 2003 to 2007 inclusive."

The article is worth the read. Lovins basically argues that large centralized plants are being phased out in favor of much smaller generating stations and "micropower." Maybe my ideas just aren't that original.