In Germany, where energy is quite a lot more expensive than in the United States, many are opting, not just for solar power generation on their roof top, but also battery storage of that electricity.
This is another step in the fast-evolving economics and politics of the energy industry. This is a complex, multivariable, and dynamic network of issues that impact everyone of us. It is complex even at the most basic level.
On the one hand site produced energy takes political and economic power out of the hands of energy companies that have long made huge profits from energy production and distribution. This move can be seen as democratizing energy. On the other hand, if we do not support the infrastructure that distributes energy to everyone, the poor are likely to be left without power, which can only be seen as reducing the democracy of energy.
The transition to renewable energy is hugely disruptive. If it is not well-planed and well-regulated, it could be catastrophic. The energy industry is scrambling to maintain their dominance. While we may view them skeptically, it would be a mistake to disregard the importance contained in the infrastructure they have created.
How do you feel about the move to site generated energy?