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By: , Posted on: August 13, 2017

The energy internet (EI) could be seen as an extension of smart green central power grid. The EI is the next 3.0 smart power grid as its green power grid structure is more flexible, takes bi-directional flow of information and data to interchange as the basis for the whole power grid system. What is important is the combined integrated centralized and distributed renewable energy generation along with energy storage equipment, electric vehicles, and relevant energy efficient and conservation devices and appliances can be used as long as they are connected. Clearly the creation of an open commercial pattern can make the interactive of green energy flow and value stream become an establish proven, scientific fact.

The links between green energy efficiency, conservation and production of electricity and its consumption will be different as they are interactive with the central and on-site energy grids and therefore major contributors to sustainable energy green development around the world. The scientific, public policy and economic evidence already are established in some nations around the world.

From The Economist in Agile Energy Systems, 1st Edition

Social, political, financial areas are all key to environmental factors — sustainable communities, climate preservation, and environmental protection. These “agile (flexible) energy systems” (AES) are growing in importance and will soon demand far greater international cooperation, collaboration and agreement as the UN already is doing with the now G19 along with the UN B20 Task Forces Rampant economic growth and individual accumulation of wealth is being replaced by social, health and environmental values that benefit the larger community, locally, regions and internationally. One result, for example from the UN G19 is the emergence of “nation-states” (like California) and smart green cities into active international participation in climate preservation for sustainable communities and cities. In short, the solutions to climate change exist and are being enacted now.

However, without a national, regional, state or city policy and investment, countries and their corresponding cities cannot address or create solutions for basic infrastructures. Without government consensus, there can be little constructive action, no improvement, no resources, limited financing and certainly no response to environmental degradation.Energy and infrastructures need to integrated and thus become agile energy systems (AES) into what many experts now call the “smart green community grid” (The Green Industrial Revolution: Energy, Engineering and Economics, Nov 20, 2014 by Woodrow W. Clark III and Grant Cooke).

These are extraordinarily important national as well as international issues are just as important as defense, business and entitlement programs. To address these basic systems for the greater good, a nation needs to have plans, which are outlined and offered by their central national and the local community governments. Each of us does that when we make family plans for our children, ourselves and even parents.

Clearly that is why the general public around the world has decided that it prefers environmental and health concerns over the profit-making only interests of the “market”. Repeated polls of every demographic among citizens shows overwhelming support of environmental protection policies, programs and education in order preserve our planet. There is no need to question the science, as it is proven and now it is time to move on.

Both the Nordic countries and Germany realized that the move away from fossil fuels to green energy systems would get them away from “funding” middle-east oil and gas that is used to fund terrorist group. Furthermore there needs to be a major economic move away from what some western nations call “neoclassical free market” economics.

Governments have never been “an invisible hand”, let alone correct in starting “de-regulation” of central energy grid systems in order for the “private” sector to grow. For example, all the Nordic country’s governments shifted their national energy resources toward 100% renewable energy power due to popular consensus. Consider the Germans who developed the innovative Feed-in Tariff (FiT) process that started an environmental plan to get off of their dependency on fossil fuels for central and so green distributed power systems were established and grew.

The international agile energy system paradigm is not about whether to introduce competition through markets. In reality, the emerging green technologies that allow firms and communities to self-generate and self-organize energy systems guarantees dependable, create green business development and a clean environment

The international reality is that electric power is not evolving into a private de-regulated competitive market, but rather that it is becoming an integration of public and private interests (a combination as “agile” or flexible, since both are needed) whereby public oversight assures that the system operates for the public good as The Economist (Spring, 2004) noted after AES was published earlier in 2004 (Clark and Bradshaw, 2004)

The central grid could make it possible for the people all around the world to share renewable energy, although restricted by nature, geographical conditions and storage. The distributed generation system, in many areas, has small capacity and working unstable, lacking flexibility and controllability. However, after the centralized control of central grid, every unit of society will have high-quality electric energy. In other worlds, in the grander circumstance of “global village”, will come to mean that every ‘villager’ can produce quality electricity by environment-friendly systems and at low-costs.

Then individuals can also send their green energy into the central grid, and get electricity when needed after the sun goes down or the wind is not blowing, which is enough to meet their needs. In short, the central power grid acts like a “battery” for large regions, states, cities and villages.

Case of Solar on-site where the grid acts as the “battery” when there is no sun

The benefits of agile power systems are based upon renewables and distributed technologies. Future energy systems must encourage the coupling and integrating of several alternative technologies into mutually beneficial power systems. Such agile energy systems reduce reliance on long distance transmission plans. Agile energy systems localize green energy but not based only on the demand and supply of energy.

Additionally such systems stand in contrast to a “free market” solution, which aims only to change behavior through real-time metering under the theory that if consumers know and understand their energy needs, costs and usage then they will cut back or alter their time of use.

Agile energy systems can (and has) created other economic mechanisms at the local, regional and national levels, which are flexible hybrid systems rather than the traditionally central gird-oriented monopolies or new “market” forces, who monopolize to control power generation. Agile energy systems, since they are local, allow for more public participation in setting public policy and hence provide strong public oversight.

The benefits of an agile energy system go well beyond simply fixing the mess that de-regulation or so called “markets” have caused. Agile energy systems benefit early and quick adaptation of new technological breakthroughs.

Agile energy systems favor reduced environmental destruction as they promote the health, social and even business benefits for local communities with creative distributed technologies and systems. Finally such agile energy systems are cost effective solutions to the over 100 year old energy system that is now too costly on ALL levels and gone.


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