The trend towards houses that are powered by alternative energy sources, ranging from wind turbines and solar collection cells to hydrogen fuel cells and biomass gases, is one that needs to continue into the 21st century and beyond. We have fantastic need of becoming more energy independent, and not needing to count on the supplying of nonrenewable fuel sources from unstable countries who are often hostile to us and our interests. But even beyond this element, we as people have to get “off the grid” as well as stop having to be so dependent on government-lobbying gigantic oil corporations who, while they are not truly associated with any covert conspiracy, however have a stranglehold on people when it pertains to heating their houses (and if not through oil, then heat normally supplied by grid-driven electrical power, another stranglehold).
As Remi Wilkinson, Elder Analyst with Carbon Free, puts it, unavoidably, the development of dispersed generation will certainly cause the restructuring of the retail electrical power market and the generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. The power suppliers might have to diversify their business to make up for revenues lost through household energy microgeneration. She is describing the conclusions by a group of UK experts, herself consisted of among them, who call themselves Carbon Free. Carbon Free has been studying the ever-growing trend toward alternative energy-using homes in England and the West. This trend is being driven by ever-more government recommendation and sometimes backing of alternative energy research and development, the increasing expense of oil and other fossil fuels, concern about ecological destruction, and desires to be energy independent. Carbon Free concludes that, assuming conventional energy costs continue to be at their present level or rise, microgeneration (meeting all one’s house’s energy requirements by setting up alternative energy technology such as solar panels or wind turbines) will certainly become to house energy supply what the Web ended up being to home communications and information gathering, and ultimately this will have deep effects on business of the existing energy supply companies.
Carbon Free’s evaluations also show that energy companies themselves have jumped in on the game and look for to take advantage of microgeneration to their own advantage for opening up brand-new markets for themselves. Carbon Free cites the example of electrical energy companies (in the UK) reporting that they are seriously looking into and establishing ideas for new geothermal energy centers, as these business see geothermal energy production as a highly lucrative wave of the future. Another conclusion of Carbon Free is that solar power hot water heating innovation is an efficient technology for lowering house water heating costs in the long run, although it is initially quite costly to set up. However, solar power is not yet economical for corporations, as they require too much in the way of specialized plumbing to carry out solar power hot water heating. Finally, Carbon Free tells us that installing wind turbines is an efficient method of minimizing house electrical power expenses, while also being more independent. However, again this is initially a really expensive thing to have actually installed, and companies would do well to start slashing their rates on these gadgets or they might discover themselves losing market share.