Big expensive power plants, or small distribution centers. How do we think about redesigning the grid? Is it analogous to the mainframe computer versus the PC network again, only now we're talking about electricity instead of bits and bytes?
This issue is one of the most formidable challenges for engineers and scientists, energy plants, legislators, and the country at large within the next few years. Decisions taken soon will have ramifications for decades to come.
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