The Case For Decentralized Generation Of Electricity

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In the article “The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity”, energy policy analyst Thomas R. Casten and project engineer Brennan Downes frame the consequences of meeting up with the demands of power energy with central generation or letting go of decentralized generation that recycles waste energy. They go on to summarize how a new power generation has been built over the past 30 years under given circumstances of technology that was available at the time, the cost of technology and fuel prices, and conclusion of their ideas. From 1910 to 1960, electricity was originally produced by either using hydroelectric dams or burning fossil fuels in order to deliver power to cities and buildings. But those methods proved to be destructive to the environment because of the huge amount of pollution that it created. Power plants that provided the electricity had to relocate to areas that wouldn’t affect the living environments of many. They resorted to using wires to distribute light energy because of the long distance between homes and plants. However, there was a 10% to 15% loss of energy when using these wires to transmit energy. Although it was frustrating to some of these power plants, the problem did not big enough to research and fix. They were then left to put their clean air in jeopardy for usable energy. It wasn’t until 1970 that technology began to improve and power plants we then able to find more efficient methods to distributing electricity with turbines and…
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