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Will the recent events in Texas result in a step forward, back or sideways?

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Will the recent events in Texas result in a step forward, back or sideways?

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This question was posed during a recent Energy Central PowerSession: Utilities' Role Delivering Biden's Build Back Better Plan -

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Mark Silverstone on Mar 2, 2021

Many thanks for a very informative webinar!

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Eric R. Anderson on Mar 5, 2021

I think it depends on decision-makers' willingness to embrace change and adopt alternative forms of delivering reliable, sustainable renewable electricity to doorsteps. The end goal is that every resident, be they homeowners or renters, have unending power. A decentralized approach that's a guarantee, or near guarantee when still connected to the grid for backup, is an approach. It just appears there hasn't been a decentralized approach/model consumers can invest in (purchase) that really delivers. Apartment residents have a specific challenge such that a decentralized approach traditionally is a fit for a homeowner (E.g. Installation of a solar panel system). How do you provide a decentralized approach to an apartment complex?

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Matt Chester on Mar 4, 2021

You ask some important questions here, Eric. 

The end goal is that every resident, be they homeowners or renters, have unending power

This is definitely the #1 goal that can be unanimously agreed on. The challenges, I think, come when trying to assign priority to the other goals that come with it:

  • Keeping energy affordable
  • Making the grid cleaner
  • Giving maximum benefits to customers
  • Complete (or near-complete) reliability
  • Decentralized assets
  • etc. etc.

Figuring out those simultaneous goals and which sacrifices are made will be the big debate and question for leaders to wrestle with moving forward

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