Why the U.S. Power Grid’s Days Are Numbered – Businessweek

Here’s a recent article from business week proclaiming that the days of the centralized regulated power grid are numbered.  We all know that monopolies are prohibited in the United States, except for areas such as utilities.  Now, as more people combat pollution and rising fuel prices with home-grown solar and geothermal power generation, there is a small yet growing challenge for the monolithic utilities.

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Sound far fetched to you?  Read the article to see why some industry experts think it is coming sooner than you think!

Why the U.S. Power Grid’s Days Are Numbered – Businessweek.

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How Clean is the Electricity that YOU Use?

Ever wonder where the electricity you use comes from, and how it is produced?  Check out the EPA’s Power Profiler!  This nifty tool allows you to look up any location (in the US, sorry international readers!) in order to:

  • Determine your power grid region based on your ZIP code and electric utility
  • Compare the fuel mix and air emissions rates of the electricity in your region to the national average
  • Determine the air emissions impacts of electricity use in your home or business

After shocking you with the reality of your impact from electricity use, it shows you some energy efficiency tips.  Most importantly, it shows you how you can buy green power in your area through regional Renewable Energy Credit/Certificate programs!

Here’s a summary from my location:  Very high coal use, higher than average carbon emission.  We are trying to change that!

Check out the Power Profiler tool and let us know what you find out!  What did you find most shocking or interesting?