The New Big Thing In Energy: Microgrids

Small networks of power generators in "microgrids" have the potential to enable communities manage, trade and sell their own power.

"Microgrids are small community networks that supply electricity and heat. They could make substantial savings, and emissions cuts with no major changes to lifestyles, researchers say.

...Microgrids are designed for a smallish community -- a typical UK housing estate for example. They deal much more efficiently with fluctuating power demands which the national grid is not flexible enough to cope with."

Thanks to Ashwani Vasishth

Full Story: Microgrids as peer-to-peer energy


Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

You need the essential resource for prospective planning students
Starting at $24.95