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Journalist for nearly a decade with keen interest in local energy policies for cities and national efforts to facilitate a renewable revolution. 

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In order to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels (something most climate analysts urge) do we need to think about implementing programs that incentivize decreased demand? As we've moved further into our digital age, dependence and demand for electricity has only increased. Incentivizing decreased demand seems like a Herculean effort -- maybe more Herculean than 100% clean power by 2030. 

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Matt Chester on Oct 12, 2020

Oh boy is that  a tough sell. I don't know that this would be the path to go down by any means. Pushing efficiency has its difficulties alone, but the message needs to be that we can maintain, or even improve, quality of life using cleaner energy sources and efficiency strategies together; but telling people they'd just have to deal with lack of constant on-demand power? I can't think of a more swift way to get people to turn away from a potential solution or any climate action as a result faster. Would it be easier to decarbonize if society was set up in such a way that we didn't need 24/7 consumption? Sure, in theory. But that doesn't mean this is a valuable outcome to strive for

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 13, 2020

Ironically, those who tell us we need to use less energy use the most of it. Those who use barely any energy, they want more. They don't give a damn about climate change - their survival is at stake. They want energy to pump water when the wind isn't blowing; to cook and wash their clothes when the sun isn't shining. They want the abundant energy you and I take for granted.

"Waiting to ensure uninterrupted power for everyone as we transition away from fossil fuels will cost too much time—and too many lives."

Good point. Has the author transitioned away from uninterrupted power himself, to show us how it's done? Has he learned how to survive on intermittent solar and wind energy? No, because he can't. As someone among the most entitled citizens of Planet Earth, he (like me) has no idea how to survive with power that stops and starts. Maybe he should talk to immigrants who grew up in other areas of the world, and get an idea of how hard it is.

I have a feeling the crusader commanding everyone else to solve his problem might change his mind. He might gain an appreciation for the uninterrupted power he takes for granted, and consider giving up his obsession with renewable energy. Because reliable power shouldn't only be available to the most entitled among us - should it?

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Oct 13, 2020

So, Independent System operators can manage the situation , by anticipating where demand will hit the ceiling in a given area, and prepair regular load shedding. This will flatten the affected customers for  shorter periods. This happens every where regardless developed or developing countries.

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