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The Renaissance of the Power Industry

Jose Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio | Jun 23, 2009

Why the Microgrid Could Be the Answer to Our Energy Crisis is a very timely report in the July/August issue of Fast Company has an article byAnya Kamenetz.

The summary of the report says: "Why small-scale, local power -- the microgrid -- could be the answer to our energy crisis. And why the big utilities are fighting it with all they've got."

The Electricity Without Price Controls (EWPC) Architecture Framework, that has emerged to replace the obsolete Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) Architecture Framework, is the necessary institutional foundation to start the renaissance of the power industry.

These are a selection of 5 recent recommended articles to get you introduced to the EWPC-AF:

  1. EWPC as a Timely Basic Innovation

As time goes by, an increasing number of people will agree that the EWPC creation is in fact a fundamental organizational innovation to restructure the global power industry to help enable a sustain...
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  1. Propelling the Power Industry to a Superior Solution Path

To raise the competitive balance of the power industry to a superior solution path, “public utility commissions … have to let go of their authority to regulate rates at the retail level.&...
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  1. Just as Pogo, IOUs Found the Enemy

Just as everybody else, power industry investors win by changing their IOUs paradigm mental model. Well in agreement with the insights of three DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee reports, a tr...
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  1. I will Tell You Who is Going to Get the Power

This is a comment posted under the article You Tell Us, by Willie D. Jones, that was first published in the January 2009 issue of the IEEE Spectrum online. I will Tell You Who is Going to Got the P...
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  1. Renewable Power and Smart Grid as Parts of a Whole

It is argued that the smart grid is not the lifeline of renewable power. Instead, what´s holding both is the Investor Owned Utility paradigm. Renewable Power and Smart Grid are Parts of a...
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Here is a pretty good business for you to think about. My company has the rights to a ethanol producing patent using biomass. It works like this. We turn all the pine trees that were once used to make paper into sawdust. Then we feed it to microbes that convert the sugar into ethanol. This uses about a 1/3 of the mass. The remaining mass we feed to other microbes and algae in varying stages. We then are able to press the algae for biodiesel. The next step is to feed the pressed algae and microbes that consumed the remaining pulp to different microbes which now convert this material (which has an accessible sugar content) to ethanol. This is simplified of coarse but the process yields 300 gallons of ethanol and 25 gallons of biodiesel for every ton of pine chips. We will import about 4.5 billion barrels of oil this year producing 90 billion gallons of gasoline. We have in this country over 1.3 billion tons of renewable non edible biomass every year. If our process is put on a fast track we could be producing nearly 400 billion gallons of ethanol and 33 billion gallons of diesel every year. That would give us an exportable energy product. Ethanol has a higher octane content and is actually more efficient as a fuel than gasoline. The problem is that cars are designed to operate on gasoline so are not efficient using ethanol. The Indy series winners use ethanol because of these principles. Because we now own GM we could mandate the motors be designed for ethanol. Our supply of both cars and fuel could meet at the same point in time and pull us out of this jam we are in now. Think about it then write me if you have an interest. We are pursuing government grants and have some financial backing in the millions but to put this thing into gear and build multiple plants simultaneously it will take more resources than what we have going now. This is the answer to global warming and our energy dilema in one neat package. Think about where the jobs will be === in rural america and the small towns in the most economically impacted areas.
Michael Bobzien

Jose Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio


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