Microgrids Empower Energy Consumers to Claim Autonomy from Public Infrastructure
- May 19, 2021 10:01 pm GMT
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Massive power outages across the country caused by unexpected forces of Mother Nature have renewed public interest in power grids and concerns surrounding their reliability. Forward-thinking consumers understand that energy-efficient choices play a critical role in regaining autonomy from public infrastructure. Microgrids offer the resilience, cost savings, and sustainability needed for consumers of all types to take control of their energy needs.
The Current State of Utilities
Over the past several decades, utility companies in the U.S. have operated as monopolies while mismanaging the maintenance of their power grids and lines. Corporations often prioritize profits over consumer protection or innovation. As a result, consumers are footing the bill to fund overdue infrastructure updates. While some lines are being updated, others remain faulty or continue to be utilized beyond their mean life expectancy of 65 years. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, a California public utilities company has long been aware that its transmission system was long overdue for maintenance.
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