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As a small business owner, I'm always trying to find ways to cut costs and boost the dependability of my services. To that end, I've become increasingly invested in learning about energy saving...

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This doesn't surprise me and I imagine many other businesses will follow suit.

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 12, 2021

"When the power is out, the restaurant continues to operate with the help of a generator."

In Santa Rosa, solar power is "out" an average of 80% of every day, possibly 70% during Chick-Fil-A business hours. Who is monitoring Chick-Fil-A's carbon emissions? No one? That's what I thought.
I would bet my bottom dollar the company's microgrid is responsible for more carbon emissions than if the restaurant was hooked up to PG&E's grid, with more than 20% of its electricity coming from Diablo Canyon.
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A 19th-century English economist described what happens when the self-interest of many works to the disadvantage of all. Known as the "tragedy of the commons", it's why relying on distributed energy resources, and especially microgrids, would be an environmental disaster.

"In 1833, the English economist William Forster Lloyd published a pamphlet which included a hypothetical example of over-use of a common resource.[17] This was the situation of cattle herders sharing a common parcel of land on which they were each entitled to let their cows graze, as was the custom in English villages.[18] He postulated that if a herder put more than his allotted number of cattle on the common, overgrazing could result. For each additional animal, a herder could receive additional benefits, while the whole group shared the resulting damage to the commons.[19] If all herders made this individually rational economic decision, the common could be depleted or even destroyed, to the detriment of all."

 

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