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The Coming Blackout Epidemic

The Coming Blackout Epidemic | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
“We need a fundamental re-think about how electricity is generated and distributed and who controls this,” said lead author Prof Hugh Byrd of Lincoln University, a specialist in international energy policy and urban sustainability. “It is not in the interests of the privatized power industry to encourage less electricity consumption.”
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Great must-read article by Nafeez Ahmed on the looming power crisis in 'developed' countries

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Why baseload power is doomed

Why baseload power is doomed | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Energy columnist Chris Nelder explains why baseload power generation from nuclear and coal plants will be phased out in favor of renewables.

 

Must-read piece at SmartPlanet.

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Outage in India Could Be a Harbinger for the Rest of the World

Outage in India Could Be a Harbinger for the Rest of the World | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
India's electric grid is particularly challenged in keeping up with its economy, but grids around the world are at risk from growing complexity and conflicts between water and power.

 

Very good article on India's power blackout in Technology Review.

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The European Power System - Decarbonization and Cost Reduction: Lost in Transmissions?

The European Power System - Decarbonization and Cost Reduction: Lost in Transmissions? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) has produced one of the best analyses of the inconsistencies in European energy policy.

 

"The objective of the Internal Electricity Market is to bring competitive electricity prices to end-users, but as these prices are linked to the composition of the power generation mix, it is easy to see that there is a clear discrepancy in the rationales pushing for corridors aiming at transporting RES across Europe and a market-driven logic that will favor the building of transmission lines based on a competitive power generation mix."

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