Reconnecting people to power: A new future for energy

By Rebecca Willis

Thinkpiece

Like Web 2.0, a new approach to energy would involve householders in the generation of heat and power, not just its use. In Grid 2.0, every building would become a power station, with small-scale wind and solar power, and boilers that generate electricity as well as heat. Linked to other users through a reconfigured National Grid, people would be able to sell power to others when they were generating too much, and buy when they wanted to use more – a sort of energy eBay.

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