Hundreds of Generators Could Be the Future
Usually the way homeowners get their electricity is from a power company that puts a price on it, then distributes it out. The state of New York, however, is proposing an entirely different way to distribute power – through hundreds of small generators instead of power companies.
According to an article in The New York Times, New York wants to increase the amount of cleaner, more efficient energy that it produces, and since large utility companies aren’t encouraged to do this, the state wants to change the way they get their electricity. This new, decentralized electricity would come mainly from solar power and/or wind power, and current power companies would direct the electricity created from these methods rather than provide it. The state of New York would then set the prices for the electricity and for running the power grid.
If this idea becomes a reality, it could largely impact the way New Yorkers get their energy and the amount of money they can save by using renewable resources. As the popularity of big power stations declines, it’s believed that smaller entities like wind turbines, rooftop solar panels, and natural gas-run heating and cooling stations will rise.
Gavin Donohue, the president of the Public Service Commission’s trade association, believes that this method of distribution could ensure that local areas have electricity even after a power outage. “The state has made a real compelling case, certainly in light of natural disasters and storms we’ve dealt with, to deliver energy in a more innovative, progressive way,” he said.
There are still some issues with the idea, and the Public Service Commission will hold a public session on the proposal.
So what do you think? Is this a good idea for New York?